Academic agency and leadership in tourism higher education

Document Type


Publication details

Dredge, D & Schott, C 2013, 'Academic agency and leadership in tourism higher education', Journal of Teaching in Travel & Tourism, vol. 13, no. 2, pp. 105-129.

Published version available from:


Peer Reviewed



This article explores the leadership agency of tourism faculty in higher education and recommends actions to enhance leadership for social change. Based on a review of literature grounded within an agency perspective, a conceptual framework is presented that identifies systemic and individual influences on leadership. Three types of freedom for faculty to engage in leadership behaviors arise: (1) the capacity of the individual to lead; (2) the freedom afforded by the organizational context to lead in accordance with one's capacity to lead; and (3) the social freedom to lead derived from each faculty member's disciplinary and departmental norms and structures.

Find in your library