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Diversifying academic and professional identities in higher education: some management challenges

Whitchurch, C. and Gordon, George (2010) Diversifying academic and professional identities in higher education: some management challenges. Tertiary Education and Management, 16 (2). pp. 129-144. ISSN 1358-3883

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Abstract

This paper draws on an international study of the management challenges arising from diversifying academic and professional identities in higher education. These challenges include, for instance, the introduction of practice-based disciplines with different traditions such as health and social care, the changing aspirations and expectations of younger generations of staff, a diffusion of management responsibilities and structures, and imperatives for a more holistic approach to the "employment package", including new forms of recognition and reward. It is suggested that while academic and professional identities have become increasingly dynamic and multi-faceted, change is occurring at different rates in different contexts. A model is offered, therefore, that relates approaches to "people management" to different organisational environments, against the general background of increasing resource constraint arising from the global economic downturn.