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Title:At the Chalk Face: Managerialism and the Changing Academic Workplace, 1995-2001
Author:Webster, Eddie C.
Periodical:Transformation: Critical Perspectives on Southern Africa
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:working conditions
work environment
personnel management
Labor and Employment
Education and Oral Traditions
Abstract:Drawing on interviews with academics, management and staff representatives conducted in February and March 2001, this paper examines the profound changes that are taking place in the academic workplace in South Africa. Over the past five years the relationship of academics with the management of South African universities has undergone a change due to the rise of acadamic managerialism. For the authors, acadamic managerialism means that the universities have uncritically adapted the discourse and logics of business to higher education and too readily accepted the 'laws' of the market economy. Academic managerialism has led to a demand overload. Faced by these conflicting demands many academics have become deeply pessimistic about their future in the academic workplace. However, a small group of academics have responded to the new demands in innovative ways. Bibliogr., notes. [ASC Leiden abstract]