Archive for managerialism

Universities must safeguard intellectual vitality

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 10 February 2011 by Steve

“… What is really at stake here is that an old egalitarian ideal of the republic of knowledge is being perverted. It is not the ingredient of competition but the elements of fear and control that are being introduced here and which are absolutely detrimental to any pursuit of knowledge. In the context of higher education and in the pursuit of knowledge, fear and control mean the end of any intelligent undertaking …” (more)

[Andreas Hess, Irish Times, 10 February]


Managerial era ‘threatens’ academic freedom

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues with tags , , on 3 February 2011 by Steve

“There is a ‘vast’ amount of litigation concerning academic freedom in the US, while in the UK there is ‘virtually none’. Yet in the latter, according to Eric Barendt, emeritus professor of media law at University College London, ‘the concept is incorporated into university charters and implied terms of contracts, at least in the pre-1992 universities’ …” (more)

[Matthew Reisz, Times Higher Education, 3 February]

Academics and their managers

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 15 August 2010 by Steve

“With the rise of managerialism at universities – a point of growing concern to the Academic Freedom Committee (AFC) – Robin Briggs’ lecture, The Knowledge Economy and Academic Freedom, at this year’s TB Davie Memorial Lecture on 12 August was quite topical …” (MP3)

[University of Cape Town, 13 August]

Managerialism in Irish Universities

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 8 July 2010 by Steve

Abstract: ‘Managerialism’ is a term often used in relation to modern universities, sometimes as a neutral description of certain organisational techniques, sometimes as a pejorative expression. This article has three goals. Firstly, I suggest a reasonably precise definition of managerialism in this context. Secondly, against this definition I search for ‘managerialism’ in modern Irish university law …” (more)

[Steve Hedley, Irish Journal of Legal Studies, July issue]

The un-managed university: could it survive and prosper?

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 25 May 2010 by Steve

“During ten years spent working for a particular university earlier in my career (and there is no hint in the statement, as I have worked for 10 years for each of my academic employers), I amused myself by trying to find out where university-wide decisions were actually taken …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 25 May]

Tom Garvin’s philistines are part of a wider problem 2

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 6 May 2010 by Steve

“… I’ve been critical of what I choose to label managerialism for quite some time and long before I uttered a word on universities. It is at best evasion and at worst daft to characterise this is an assault on – even a rejection of – management …” (more)

[Colum McCaffery’s Weblog, 6 May]

The illegitimacy of management?

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 6 May 2010 by Steve

“It has become common within universities to identify and criticise something described as ‘managerialism’. in 2007 a research team led by Professor Rosemary Deem of the University of Bristol published an article in which they identified a pattern called ‘New Managerialism’, which in essence was said to consist of a drive to create a centralised strategic direction in universities …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 6 May]