A labour of love? Academics in business schools
Clarke, C., Knights, D. and Jarvis, C. (2012) A labour of love? Academics in business schools. Scandinavian Journal of Management, 28 (1). pp. 5-15. ISSN 0956-5221 Available from: http://eprints.uwe.ac.uk/14604
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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.scaman.2011.12.003
This paper contributes to a growing literature on new public management in relation to academia in general but more specifically UK business schools. Following interviews with a range of staff in universities, we explore the impact that auditing and monitoring interventions have made on academics and their identities. In some senses, academic identities would appear to have been colonised by managerialist practices of audit, league tables, research assessments, and other measures of accountability for performance. Although explicit resistance to new public management practices in UK business schools is extremely limited, we argue that considerable disquiet and dissatisfaction prevails, so that notions of a 'labour of love' is being stretched to its limits as we are increasingly subjected to loveless demands.