Intellectual Capital Reporting in Educational Establishments: A Complexity-Scientific Approach to Educational Management

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The self-organisation of educational establishments is in the centre of this contribution. The increasing freedom of action of autonomous schools enhances their degrees of freedom and the complexity of their order structures. The question arises, whether an approach to solution for the challenges in the educational sector consists in a central control and strict regimentation by authorities such as ministries and supervisory school authorities. The authors reject this – according to Hayek’s view - as a constructivist error and search for a solution in the application of complexity-scientific approaches. For this purpose, the organisational development of schools is subsumed under the research field of “non-linear, dynamical systems”. Afterwards, intellectual capital reporting for educational establishments is introduced as an adequate methodological tool, which can be understood as approach of synergetic educational research. Finally, a list of learning objectives will be formulated, which should be kept in mind in the context of the education of teachers – in particular of pedagogical “managers”.


Keywords: Educational Management, Complexity Sciences, Synergetics, Intellectual Capital Reporting, Vocational Training, Intellectual Capital
Stream: Educational Leadership and Management
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: Intellectual Capital Reporting in Schools


Prof. Dr. Andreas Liening

Professor, Associated Centre of Complexity Sciences and Business Education, Technische Universitaet Dortmund
Dortmund, Germany

Dr. Andreas Liening, professor and head of the associated centre of complexity sciences and economic education at Technische Universitaet Dortmund, has had 20 years of experience in a range of research, lecturing and administrative positions
in business management, economics, mathematics and ICT for learning. His doctoral studies were in the area of intelligent tutorial systems, his habilitation treatise about complex systems between order and chaos. He has been involved in some major research projects in recent years, e.g. supported by the European Council.

Dr. Ewald Mittelstaedt

Research Fellow, Associated Centre of Complexity Sciences and Business Education, Technische Universitaet Dortmund
Dortmund, Germany

Ewald Mittelstaedt, Master of Science in Business Management, is a research fellow in business education at TU Dortmund University. Ewald currently lectures undergraduate and postgraduate students in the areas of applied business education and business gaming with focus on computer-based learning. His research interests lie in the areas of Educational Management, E-Learning and Self-Organization.

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