The micropolitics of management in universities: Challenges and opportunities

Ehrich, Lisa C., Kimber, Megan, & Ehrich, John (2016) The micropolitics of management in universities: Challenges and opportunities. In Ryan, James & Armstrong, Denise E. (Eds.) Working With/Out The System. Information Age Publishing Inc, Charlotte, NC, pp. 187-204.

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In recent decades, there has been a strong call by writers in education for alternative forms of leadership and management that are human centred and that value social cohesion, fairness, and democratic practices. Referred to by names such as transformative leadership (Shields, 2013) and ethical leadership (Starratt, 1996), those promoting these types of leadership argue for the use of “power as a moral force for the common good” (Duignan, 2007, p.12). In this chapter, our interest lies with managers in universities and how they use power in ethical and unethical ways. We consider some macro forces (e.g., globalisation, neo-liberal policies) that have impacted universities, making it difficult for managers to promote socially just and equitable practices. In particular, we examine the influence of managerialism—the application of private sector practices to the public sector—where the role of manager is not to question current practices, but to conform to performance targets, and to ensure compliance (O’Brien & Down, 2002). To come to an understanding of what might constitute ethical practices, we refer to the field of micropolitics as a way to help illuminate current practice and point to more positive ways of working.

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ID Code: 91014
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: Universities, Micropolitics, Mangerialism, Ethics, Power, HERN
ISBN: 9781681232256
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Educational Administration Management and Leadership (130304)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2016 Information Age Publishing Inc
Deposited On: 16 Dec 2015 04:29
Last Modified: 11 Feb 2017 20:55

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