Higher Education

, Volume 38, Issue 1, pp 71–81 | Cite as

Crisis? What crisis? The academic professions in the 'knowledge' society

  • Jürgen Enders


At present, the higher education systems in most highly developed countries find themselves amidst a difficult process of change that will obviously have an impact on the positioning of their principal workers. We live in times of great uncertainties about the future of the academic profession. This article reflects on the analytical problems research on the academic profession has to face and summarizes recent trends and debates on the entrenched profession. Possible future developments of the academic profession are highlighted in the context of four scenarios -- 'key profession', 'academic worker', 'mediator' and 'antiquity'. Selected findings and results of the “International Study on the Academic Profession” are resumed to discuss the contribution of survey studies to the ongoing debate on the academic profession and to draw some preliminary conclusions on the challenges for further research in this area.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jürgen Enders
    • 1
  1. 1.Center for Research on Higher Education and WorkUniversity of KasselGermany

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