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ERIC Number: EJ1059260
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
ISSN: ISSN-1360-080X
Appraising Academic Appraisal in the New Public Management University
Field, Laurie
Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, v37 n2 p172-189 2015
Against a backdrop of new public management (NPM) thinking and managerialism generally applied to universities in a range of countries, this study examines one of its manifestations--performance management for academics. Drawing on in-depth interviews with 40 academics at an Australian university, this article identifies six stances regularly adopted by those conducting performance appraisal interviews with academics. These are labelled "nurturing", "hard-driving", "self-serving", "coddling", "disengaged" and "hostile". Each of these appraisal stances is described in detail and then considered from two perspectives--that of academics themselves and of NPM. The material presented suggests that while a "nurturing" stance was viewed favourably by the academics interviewed, it is out of step with NPM thinking. "Hard-driving" and "self-serving" stances, which directly reflect NPM thinking, were disliked by many (although not all) of the interviewees who had experienced them. The most common appraising stance--a "disengaged" one--was widely condemned, as was the "hostile" stance, yet both stances have much in common with the ruthlessness of NPM.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia