Professor Dato’ Dr. Ibrahim Ahmad Bajunid is Deputy Vice Chancellor INTI -Laureate International Universities and Professor of Management, Education and the Social Sciences. He was formerly the Director of the Regional Center for Educational Planning (UNESCO-RCEP), Al Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, the Founding Dean, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University Tun Abdul Razak (UNITAR), and, Director of the National Institute of Educational Management and Leadership. For more than three decades he has been the key figure in the Field of Educational Management and Leadership in Malaysia. He is Editor and Editorial Advisor for several educational journals, locally and internationally.
Dr. Ibrahim Bajunid has provided services as consultant in policy-making governmental Committees, private sector and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and in several countries. He was President of the Senior Educators’ Association, is Fellow of the Council of Education Administration in Commonwealth Countries, Distinguished Fellow of the Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) Malaysia, Fellow Emeritus of the National Institute of Educational Management and Leadership (IAB), Fellow of the Malaysian Institute of Human Resource Management (MIHRM), Member of the Advisory Board of Asia Pacific Centre for Leadership and Change (APCLC), Hong Kong Institute of Education, , Currently he leads professional associations, including, the Malaysian Association for Education (MAE), the Malaysian Educational Management and Leadership Association, and is Board Member and President of the Asia–Pacific Educational Research Association (APERA).
He is a columnist in the New Straits/Sunday Times with a weekly column entitled, “As I Wander.” He was the National Advisor for the Asia–Europe Initiative on Lifelong Learning in Malaysia. He is also engaged in several research projects, supervises several Masters and Doctoral scholars, and is in the Academic Advisory Boards in several national universities. He has written over five hundred articles and academic papers covering significant issues in national development, education, social and intellectual capital creation, the strengthening of families and communities, and the enhancement of human potentialities. He has been a Panelist in many public media fora discussing issues on education, human resources development, and societal change.
Dr. Ibrahim Bajunid has also been recognized by Teachers Trade Union Movement, the Malaysian Historical Society, the Malaysian Association of Music Educators (MAME) and the Malaysian Library Association for his contributions to the promotion of trade unionism, historical and cultural literacy and knowledge culture respectively.
He was Member of the National Committee on the Study, Review and Reform of Higher Education in Malaysia. He is also appointed Member of the National Advisory Council on Education. As a Member of both these National Committees he has the opportunity to think through and contribute across all the levels and sectors of Education. Professor Dr. Ibrahim Ahmad Bajunid is the recipient of the National Educational Leadership Award, the highest Educational Leadership Award in Malaysia awarded only to a few individuals who have demonstrated distinguished and exemplary leadership across institutional, national and international contexts. He was also awarded the Honorary Doctorate in Education and Management by the Sultan Idris Education University. Currently, he is Visiting and Adjunct Professor in several National Universities.
Cartography of Educational Management and Leadership: Intellectual Adventures in the Terra Incognita: From Red Brick and Humble Hut School-Houses to Corporate Tower Educational Leaders
The paper is a Meta review of the introduction and development of the knowledge corpus of educational management and leadership in the ASEAN region and elsewhere. It describes and critically analyses ten aspects of concerns in the field of educational management and leadership. First, it traces the evolution, continuing generation and dissemination of knowledge, and, makes reference to selected pioneering studies in the field. It searches for the principal theories and ideas that are adopted by scholars and policy makers as well as practitioners. Second, the paper identifies several of the major contributors of the field and evaluates the nature of their influence on scholars in the region and elsewhere.
Third, it distinguishes the core body of Knowledge for Educational Management with the core body of knowledge for Public Management and Business Management. There is critical analysis of the commonalities and differentiae of the core body of knowledge of the related fields of management and leadership. Fourth, there is interrogation regarding the divides of educational leadership studies at different educational levels and in private-public education arena. Fifth, the paper identifies the diversity of theoretical approaches to the study of educational leadership, including, for instance, life history, ethnomethodology, hermeneutics, conversation and discourse analyses, Interpretivism, case studies and quantitative approaches.
The paper describes the rich array of insights provided by scholars pertaining to the architecture and ecology of educational leadership with reference, for instance to managerial and leadership talks in committees and teams. Sixth, the paper examines several policies and management issues of relevance in the region and evaluates how educational management knowledge is applied to resolve some of these issues. Among the issues are issues of access, equity, efficiency and quality, micro politics of school organization, and women in educational leadership. Seventh, it discusses the current initiative in the development of Programme Standards for the Core Body of Knowledge in Education in the region, which has identified five principal components. In the Framework, Educational Administration falls under the Foundations/Elective or Specialization component.
The question remains whether Education Management is a discipline by itself, is really part of the broader disciplines of education, or, is an eclectic discipline. Eight, the hero paradigm and co-equal, distributed nature of educational management and leadership is revisited in the context of the leadership for learning movement and the education of digital natives. Ninth, myths, metaphors and concepts are identified and mapped out as Cartography of Educational Management, Leadership and Entrepreneurship terrain. Tenth the multidisciplinarity aspects of the educational management knowledge corpus is discussed in relation to its language register of with such notions as paradigm shifts, tipping and turning points, edupreneurship and innovations at the “verge’ of organizations, Within the framework of James MacGregor Burns’s notion that “leadership is a master discipline” and Linda Darling-Hammond’s notion that “Teaching is a profession upon which all other professions depend” the paper identifies cues and trends regarding the way forward for teaching and research, theories and practices in the field. In sum, the paper provides a broad sweep of advances in the field of educational administration during the last one hundred years or so.