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The Changing Role of Academics and the Rise of Managerialism

  • Abbey Hyde
  • Marie Clarke
  • Jonathan Drennan
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Part of the The Changing Academy – The Changing Academic Profession in International Comparative Perspective book series (CHAC, volume 5)

Abstract

In this chapter, the manner in which the traditional model of a university has evolved in light of recent shifts in the character of higher education institutions under the influence of the private business-sector model is explored. In particular, a genre of theoretical and empirical work focused on the implications of managerialism on academic activities is considered, particularly the diversification of academic work, changes in the control over academic activities, and the impact of managerialism on the nature of teaching and research. Empirical studies indicate that managerialism has neither been wholeheartedly rejected nor accepted by academics, but rather has been received in a more fluid and haphazard way. We conclude that although the general picture emerging in the literature is that of a profession in crisis, a good deal of the increased regulation of academics is overseen by those within their own ranks via peer review. Whilst managerialist ideology is increasingly becoming a dominant discourse within university, the extent to which it has superseded collegiality is debatable.

Keywords

High Education Organisational Commitment Academic Freedom Academic Work High Education Sector 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University College DublinDublinIreland

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