Beyond Leadership

A Relational Approach to Organizational Theory in Education

  • Scott Eacott

Part of the Educational Leadership Theory book series (ELT)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. The Relational Turn in Contemporary Thought and Analysis

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Scott Eacott
      Pages 3-23
    3. Scott Eacott
      Pages 25-41
  3. Relational Extensions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 79-79
    2. Scott Eacott
      Pages 81-94
    3. Scott Eacott
      Pages 95-111
    4. Scott Eacott
      Pages 113-128
    5. Scott Eacott
      Pages 129-142
    6. Scott Eacott
      Pages 143-163
  4. Dialogue and Debate

  5. Moving Forward

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 249-249
    2. Scott Eacott
      Pages 251-261
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 277-278

About this book


This book systematically elaborates Scott Eacott’s “relational” approach to organizational theory in education. Contributing to the relational trend in the social sciences, it first surveys relational scholarship across disciplines before providing a nuanced articulation of the relational research program and key concepts such as organizing activityauctors, and spatio-temporal conditions. It also includes critical commentaries on the program from key figures such as Tony Bush, Megan Crawford, Fenwick English, Helen Gunter, Izhar Oplatka, Augusto Riveros, and Dawn Wallin. As such, the text models an approach to, or social epistemology for building knowledge claims in relation rather than through parallel monologues.

Eacott’s relational approach provides a distinctive, post-Bourdieusian variant of the relational sociological project. Shifting the focus of inquiry from entities (e.g., leaders, organizations) to organizing activity and recognizing how auctors generate – simultaneously emerging from and constitutive of – spatio-temporal conditions unsettles the orthodoxy of organizational theory in educational administration and leadership. By presenting its claims in the context of other approaches, the book stimulates intellectual debate among both relational sociologists and opponents of relational approaches.

Beyond Leadership provides significant insights into the organizing of education. As it does not fit neatly into any one field, but instead blends educational administration and leadership, organizational studies, and relational sociology, among others, it charts new territory and promotes important dialogue and debate.


Educational leadership Educational administration Educational management Relational leadership Relational theories Organisational studies Education research Research methodology

Authors and affiliations

  • Scott Eacott
    • 1
  1. 1.University of New South WalesSydneyAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Education
  • Print ISBN 978-981-10-6567-5
  • Online ISBN 978-981-10-6568-2
  • Series Print ISSN 2510-1781
  • Series Online ISSN 2510-179X
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