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ERIC Number: EJ876981
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 22
ISSN: ISSN-1741-1432
Orientations to Academic Workloads at Department Level
Wolf, Amanda
Educational Management Administration & Leadership, v38 n2 p246-262 2010
Universities confront many challenges in their efforts to manage staff activity with the aid of workload assessment and allocation systems. This article sets out fresh perspectives from an exploratory study designed to uncover patterns of subjective views about various aspects of workloads. Using Q methodology, academic staff in a single department provided composite pictures of the intensity of their views on workload policies and systems, and about their experiences of workloads. Factor analysis, interpreted with the aid of interviews, reveals three orientations based on traditional independent scholarship, collectivism, and stress and overwork. Together, the three orientations in one department show evidence of a generational shift, with leadership implications. Looking ahead, workload allocation systems may need to give weight to personal choice and to consider ways to credit shared work in ways that fit the contemporary university environment. (Contains 1 table and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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