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ERIC Number: EJ829348
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Nov
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 24
ISSN: ISSN-0218-8791
The Risky Business of Doctoral Management
McWilliam, Erica; Sanderson, Don; Evans, Terry; Lawson, Alan; Taylor, Peter G.
Asia Pacific Journal of Education, v26 n2 p209-224 Nov 2006
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. (Contains 4 tables, 1 figure and 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Australia