Leadership Profile and School Improvement (Published)
Several research studies indicated that school leadership plays an important role in the improvement process of schools. However, the nature of this relationship is not clear and has been a blind spot in the corresponding literature (Harris, 2005). As such, the aim of this multiple case study is to shed light on the relationship between school improvement and school leadership. Eight Lebanese private schools principals constituted the participants of this study. Qualitative and quantitative data were collected from various sources. Qualitative data was analyzed using the procedures of the grounded theory. Quantitative data was collected to provide better interpretation of the collected qualitative data. A leadership profile for school improvement was suggested as a result of this study. A set of leadership attributes seems to be necessary for school improvement efforts to succeed. In particular, school leaders must be knowledgeable, systems thinkers, and data-driven, with a vision guided by student-centered values.
Applying a Systems Thinking Approach to Address the Barriers Affecting the Vietnamese Coffee Export Industry (Published)
A systems thinking approach is used to identify and analyse the export barriers that the Vietnamese coffee export enterprises are facing in the international markets. Several causal loop diagrams were developed to provide a better understanding of the barriers. Models of general internal and external barriers to the export of coffee were developed to obtain an understanding of the complex relationships between these barriers and how they affect Vietnamese export in the international markets. Various strategies are proposed to reduce the impact of the barriers on coffee export activities.