Knowledge, Higher Education, and the New Managerialism: The Changing Management of UK Universities

Paperback | August 31, 2008

byRosemary Deem, Sam Hillyard, Michael Reed

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The nature of Higher Education in the UK has changed over the last three decades. Academics can no longer be said to carry out their work in 'ivory towers', as increasing government intervention and a growing 'target culture' has changed the way they work. Increasingly universities havetransformed from 'communities of scholars' to 'workplaces'. The organization and administration of universities has seen a corresponding prevalence of ideas and strategies drawn from the 'New Public Management' ideology in response, promoting a more 'business-focussed' approach in the management ofpublic services.This book examines the issues that academics now face as a result of these changes, both as the 'knowledge-workers' managed, and the 'manager-academic'. It draws on a detailed study of academics holding management roles ranging from Head of Department to Vice Chancellor in sixteen UK universities,exploring their career histories and trajectories, and providing extensive accounts of their values, practices, relationships with others, and their training and development as managers. Drawing on debates around 'New Public Management', knowledge management, and knowledge workers, the wider implications of these themes for policy innovation and strategy in HE and the public sector more generally are considered, developing a critical response to recent approaches to managing publicservices, and practical suggestions for improvements which could be made to the training and support of senior and middle managers in universities. The book will be of interest to all teaching, researching, or managing in Higher Education, Education policy-makers, and academics and researchers concerned with Public Management, Knowledge Management, or Higher Education.

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The nature of Higher Education in the UK has changed over the last three decades. Academics can no longer be said to carry out their work in 'ivory towers', as increasing government intervention and a growing 'target culture' has changed the way they work. Increasingly universities havetransformed from 'communities of scholars' to 'wor...

Professor Rosemary Deem is currently Professor of Education in the Graduate School of Education, University of Bristol and Research Director for the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law. From 2004-2006 she was Graduate Dean and joint Education Director for the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law at Bristol. She is a sociologist who has a...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.63 inPublished:August 31, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. New Managerialism and Public Service Organizational Reform: From Regulated Autonomy to Institutionalized Distrust2. The Changing Context of University Knowledge Work: the UK Higher Education System from the 1960s to the 21st Century3. The Knowledge Worker in the Divided University4. Manager-Academic Identities, Practices and Careers in the Contemporary University5. Learning How to Do the Management of Academic Knowledge Work in Universities6. Values, Public Service, the University and the Manager-AcademicAppendix 1. Questions and Themes Used in the Economic and Social Research Council Project Focus Groups and Interviews