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ERIC Number: EJ825408
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jan
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 14
ISSN: ISSN-1360-3108
Do Professional Managers Have a Profession? The Specialist/Generic Distinction amongst Higher Education Professional Services Staff
Bacon, Edwin
Perspectives: Policy and Practice in Higher Education, v13 n1 p11-16 Jan 2009
An emerging literature is beginning to create a theoretical framework for analysing the role of professional managers in the context of UK higher education. In this article, the author argues, drawing from his own experience in a range of higher education institutions, that this literature misses a crucial distinction amongst professional managers and specialists from professions which exist outside the world of higher education. Building on this distinction to analyse the professional services staff, the author recommends ways in which institutions can reduce the professional-academic divide in university management. (Contains 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom