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Knowledge, Higher Education, and the New Managerialism: The Changing Management of UK Universities

Deem, R.; Hillyard, S.; Reed, M.


R. Deem

S. Hillyard

M. Reed


* Analysis of changes in the management and organization of professional academic work in British universities in recent years * Looks at the impact of 'New Managerialism' and 'New Public Management' * Examines the implications of mass higher education and increasing expectations that universities should generate income * Develops a critical response to the concept of the 'entrepreneurial university' * Situates these developments in the context of debates surrounding 'knowledge-intensive' organizations The nature of Higher Education in the UK has changed over the last three decades. Academics can no longer be said to carry out their work in 'ivory towers', as increasing government intervention and a growing 'target culture' has changed the way they work. Increasingly universities have transformed from 'communities of scholars' to 'workplaces'. The organization and administration of universities has seen a corresponding prevalence of ideas and strategies drawn from the 'New Public Management' ideology in response, promoting a more 'business-focussed' approach in the management of public services. This book examines the issues that these changes have had on academics, both as the 'knowledge-workers' managed, and the 'manager-academic'. It draws on a detailed study of academics holding management roles ranging from Head of Department to Vice Chancellor in sixteen UK universities, exploring their career histories and trajectories, and providing extensive accounts of their values, practices, relationships with others, and their training and development as managers. Drawing on debates around 'New Public Management', knowledge management, and knowledge workers, the wider implications of these themes for policy innovation and strategy in HE and the public sector more generally are considered, developing a critical response to recent approaches to managing public services, and practical suggestions for improvements which could be made to the training and support of senior and middle managers in universities.


Deem, R., Hillyard, S., & Reed, M. (2007). Knowledge, Higher Education, and the New Managerialism: The Changing Management of UK Universities. Oxford University Press

Book Type Authored Book
Publication Date Aug 16, 2007
Deposit Date Mar 23, 2007
Publisher Oxford University Press
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