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The risky business of doctoral management

McWilliam, Erica, Sanderson, Don, Evans, Terry, Lawson, Alan and Taylor, Peter G. 2006, The risky business of doctoral management, Asia Pacific journal of education, vol. 26, no. 2, pp. 209-224, doi: 10.1080/02188790600937375.

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Title The risky business of doctoral management
Author(s) McWilliam, Erica
Sanderson, Don
Evans, TerryORCID iD for Evans, Terry
Lawson, Alan
Taylor, Peter G.
Journal name Asia Pacific journal of education
Volume number 26
Issue number 2
Start page 209
End page 224
Total pages 16
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Publication date 2006-11
ISSN 0218-8791
Summary Universities are under no less pressure to adopt risk management strategies than other public and private organisations. The risk management of doctoral education is a particularly important issue given that a doctorate is the highest academic qualification a university offers and stakes are high in terms of assuring its quality. However, intense risk management can interfere with the intellectual and pedagogical work which are essentially part of doctoral education. This paper seeks to understand how the culture of risk meets the culture of doctoral education and with what effect. The authors draw on sociological understandings of risk in the work of Anthony Giddens (2002) and Ulrich Beck (1992), the anthropological focus on liminality in the work of Mary Douglas (1990), and the psychological theorising of human error in the work of James Reason (1990). The paper concludes that risk consciousness brings its own risks—in particular, the potential transformation of a culture based on intellect into a culture based on compliance.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/02188790600937375
Field of Research 130103 Higher Education
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2006, Taylor & Francis
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