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ERIC Number: EJ918391
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Mar
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 74
ISSN: ISSN-1363-6820
From Principled Dissent to Cognitive Escape: Managerial Resistance in the English Further Education Sector
Page, Damien
Journal of Vocational Education and Training, v63 n1 p1-13 Mar 2011
This article presents findings from a study of first tier managers (FTMs) within further education. While studies of managerial resistance are rare, this research highlights a range of resistant behaviours employed by first tier managers as they struggle to meet demands from students, their teams and the organisation. Resistance here is considered on a continuum from overt acts such as principled dissent to covert acts such as cutting corners and cognitive escape. While first tier managers primarily resisted acts of surveillance, performativity and managerialism, resistance was also found to be pragmatic, a means to cope with too much work and too little time. However, first tier managers also resisted the managerial identity that was implicit in their role. The article concludes that resistance, rather than being detrimental to the organisation, could potentially be seen as an act of participation rather than separation.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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