Managing ‘Nearly Reasonable’ Risk in the Contemporary University

McWilliam, Erica L. (2007) Managing ‘Nearly Reasonable’ Risk in the Contemporary University. Studies in Higher Education, 32(3), pp. 311-321.

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This paper inquires into risk-consciousness as a political and moral imperative that is reconstituting the nature and purposes of university systems, policies and processes. It discusses the assumptions that underpin such systems, and how such systems, once operationalised, change the work that academics actually do. The aim is to draw attention to the extent to which the heightened risk-consciousness that has become a hallmark of the contemporary university works both to constrain and to enable what academics pay attention to, and how we understand what it means to be an effective manager, teacher or researcher.

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ID Code: 9272
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: higher education, risk management, sociology of knowledge, HERN
DOI: 10.1080/03075070701346857
ISSN: 1470-174X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > OTHER EDUCATION (139900)
Divisions: Past > Research Centres > ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Past > Institutes > Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 Taylor & Francis
Copyright Statement: First published in Studies in Higher Education 32(3):pp. 311-322.
Deposited On: 03 Sep 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:32

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