The role of academic managers in workload and performance management of academic staff: a case study

Graham, Andrew (2015) The role of academic managers in workload and performance management of academic staff: a case study. Educational management administration and leadership. pp. 1-22. ISSN 1741-1432

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Abstract

This small-scale case study focused on academic managers to explore the ways in which they control the workload of academic staff and the extent to which they use the workload model in performance management of academic staff. The linkages that exist between the workload and performance management were explored to confirm or refute the conceptual dichotomy, identified from the literature, exist in practice. A conceptualisation derived from neoliberal ideology is described which uses new public management (NPM) as the anchor for the study. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with the three academic managers in each of the faculties and the transcripts analysed. The analysis of the responses confirmed that workload and performance management are not linked at the operational level, confirming the dichotomy in practice. Further research is suggested that would focus on the perceptions of academic staff directly affected by the workload and performance management processes.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: New Public Management, workload, performance, managerialism, neoliberalism
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions: University of Bolton: General Research
Depositing User: Sarah Taylor
Date Deposited: 01 Sep 2015 11:30
Last Modified: 01 Sep 2015 11:30
Identification Number: 10.1177/1741143215587312
URI: http://ubir.bolton.ac.uk/id/eprint/729

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