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ERIC Number: EJ1038566
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Dec
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 62
ISSN: ISSN-0026-4695
The Managerial Turn in Higher Education? On the Interplay of Organizational and Occupational Change in German Academia
Krücken, Georg; Blümel, Albrecht; Kloke, Katharina
Minerva: A Review of Science, Learning and Policy, v51 n4 p417-442 Dec 2013
The managerial turn in academia is currently broadly discussed. Based on empirical data gathered from a sample that includes all German universities, we can give a broad and fine-grained account of this turn. What we can clearly see is that whole new categories of administrative management positions have been created over the last years. Furthermore, within the non-academic staff we can see a profound restructuration. Lower-level positions like those for clerical work decreased, while higher-level positions in the administration increased. However, and in contrast to studies of countries, we do not observe a general shift from academic to non-academic positions. In addition to the statistical analysis of survey data and personnel data, we conducted seventy in-depth interviews with heads of administrative management units, in particular those being created over the last two decades, for example, on quality control, technology transfer, and career service. Although we clearly see important changes indicating a managerial turn in higher education, core characteristics of a professional organization whose basic processes are ultimately controlled by academics and not by administrators or managers have been retained. These findings call for further cross-national research.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Germany