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Managing a modern university: is it time for a rethink?


Kenny, JD, Managing a modern university: is it time for a rethink?, Higher Education Research and Development, 28, (6) pp. 629-642. ISSN 0729-4360 (2009) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/07294360903206934


The corporate approaches introduced in the late 1980s and now prevalent in universities in Australia have led to irrevocable changes in the way universities are managed and academics work. The management approaches widely applied in Australian universities are largely based on a top-down corporate management model, with central control over policy and budget driven by the need to meet stringent external accountability requirements. This form of management rewards compliance and predictability. The economic environment over this period has changed drastically, becoming more global and uncertain. The prevailing management processes are not suited to the modern economic environment. A modern university is expected to operate more as an enterprise, but to do so effectively it needs flexible and responsive forms of management that are more inclusive of academics in the decision making process. This paper explores the organisational management literature and links it to the context in which universities operate. It considers the implications for managers and academics, as key stakeholders in a modern university, in this changeable environment.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:academic, change, enterprise, innovation, management, university
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education systems
Research Field:Higher education
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Schools and learning environments
Objective Field:Management, resources and leadership
UTAS Author:Kenny, JD (Associate Professor John Kenny)
ID Code:61008
Year Published:2009
Web of Science® Times Cited:27
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2010-02-24
Last Modified:2015-03-12
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