Who's Dean today? Acting and interim management as paradoxes of the contemporary university

McWilliam, Erica, Bridgstock, Ruth, Lawson, Alan, Evans, Terry and Taylor, Peter 2008, Who's Dean today? Acting and interim management as paradoxes of the contemporary university, Journal of higher education policy and management, vol. 30, no. 3, pp. 297-307.

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Title Who's Dean today? Acting and interim management as paradoxes of the contemporary university
Author(s) McWilliam, Erica
Bridgstock, Ruth
Lawson, Alan
Evans, TerryORCID iD for Evans, Terry orcid.org/0000-0001-5087-5727
Taylor, Peter
Journal name Journal of higher education policy and management
Volume number 30
Issue number 3
Start page 297
End page 307
Publisher Carfax
Place of publication Cammeray, N.S.W.
Publication date 2008-08
ISSN 1360-080X
Keyword(s) higher education
risk management
Summary Interim, discontinuous or 'acting' management is an increasingly ubiquitous feature of universities. This paper asks: What are the implications of this for good academic governance? Should we understand this managerial dance as a symptom of the collapse of good managerial order or, by contrast, as a symptom of the robustness and flexibility of the organisational culture of the university? Or both? This paper answers 'all of the above' to these questions. It reaches that conclusion by examining relevant literature, theorising a methodology for reading the field of interim management, and by applying this theorising to an analysis of qualitative data collected as part of a national collaborative research project conducted in Australia.
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Language eng
Field of Research 139999 Education not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2008
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30017947

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