Managerial Competencies for Chairpersons: A Delphi study

Azizollah Arbabisarjou, Seyed Ali Siadat, Reza Hoveida, Arash Shahin, Bibi Eshrat Zamani



Competencies of chairpersons in the universities have become a concern because they are in the heart of an effective academic department and their competencies influences the reputation of the university. The purpose of this article is to identify and to develop competencies needed by chairpersons. This research used Delphi’s technique in three rounds of data gathering. The benefits of this research methodology are the use of experts in obtaining opinions and ideas without time and geographical limitations. The results demonstrated 30 generic competencies with combination of cognitive, interpersonal, and intrapersonal competencies and 33 specific competencies including knowledge and skills needed by chairpersons.


Chairpersons, competencies, Delphi’s technique.

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