Document Type : Original Article


1 Ph.D. Candidate of Educational Management, Neyshabur Branch, Islamic Azad University, Neyshabur, Iran

2 Department of Management, Mashhad Branch, Islamic Azad University, Mashhad, Iran

3 Department of Statistics, Neyshabur Branch, Islamic Azad University, Neyshabur, Iran

4 Department of Educational Science, Bardaskan Branch, Islamic Azad University, Bardaskan, Iran


This research was an applied research using mixed method design. In the qualitative approach, Delphi method is used
by referring to 20 academic and educational experts selected by purposeful method. In this study, 381 participants
were selected by stratified sampling method with appropriate allocation. Face validity is used for validation. Cronbach
alpha reliability coefficient was higher than 0.8, indicating high reliability of the research instrument .The results
identified 4 dimensions including; individual, communicative, organizational, professional, and 32 components for
competency model of Mashhad 7 districts educational managers. Also, the communicative dimension and conceptual
skill were determined as the most important ones .It was also revealed that the confirmed succession planning model
of educational managers of 7 districts of Mashhad Ministry of Education involved three dimensions of volunteer
evaluation, volunteer training and assessment of effectiveness with 6 components. Volunteer training dimension and
individual performance evaluation and process components are of utmost importance .In competency model of
Mashhad 7 districts educational managers based on a succession planning approach, competency plays an important
role of 58% in succession planning


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