oa African Journal of Governance and Development - Management of institutions within Thomas’s analytical framework : a Ugandan higher education case

Volume 8 Number 2
  • ISSN : 2218-5615
  • E-ISSN: 2616-9045



The management of higher education institutions (HEIs) is quite a complex phenomenon. Many times, higher education institutions have become arenas of political betting rather than places of knowledge, skill generation and skill development. There is a great assumption that institutions exist to achieve rational ends. In the light of Thomas’s analytical framework (2003:27), this paper, through examining the four perspectives – the rational professional view, political view, agency of capital view and the magic/religion view – indicates that management in institutions of higher education cannot be explained by only one perspective. The paper overlays Thomas’s framework on to the management of selected higher institutions in Uganda to generate a theoretical meaning of how management in these institutions can be comprehended. The paper is theoretical with practical illustrations of what management actually entails in higher education institutions in Uganda.

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