Diversifying academic and professional identities in higher education: some management challenges

C. Whitchurch, George Gordon

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    Abstract

    This paper draws on an international study of the management challenges arising from diversifying academic and professional identities in higher education. These challenges include, for instance, the introduction of practice-based disciplines with different traditions such as health and social care, the changing aspirations and expectations of younger generations of staff, a diffusion of management responsibilities and structures, and imperatives for a more holistic approach to the "employment package", including new forms of recognition and reward. It is suggested that while academic and professional identities have become increasingly dynamic and multi-faceted, change is occurring at different rates in different contexts. A model is offered, therefore, that relates approaches to "people management" to different organisational environments, against the general background of increasing resource constraint arising from the global economic downturn.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)129-144
    Number of pages15
    JournalTertiary Education and Management
    Volume16
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2010

    Keywords

    • academic identities
    • higher education
    • managment
    • health
    • social care
    • practice based disciplines

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