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The risky business of doctoral management

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posted on 2006-11-01, 00:00 authored by E McWilliam, D Sanderson, Terry EvansTerry Evans, A Lawson, P Taylor
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.

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Journal

Asia Pacific journal of education

Volume

26

Pagination

209-224

Location

Melbourne, Vic.

ISSN

0218-8791

eISSN

1742-6855

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2006, Taylor & Francis

Issue

2

Publisher

Routledge

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