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Complexities, challenges and implications of collaborative work within a regime of performance measurement: the case of management and organisation studies

Jeanes, Emma and Loacker, Bernadette and Sliwa, Martyna (2018) 'Complexities, challenges and implications of collaborative work within a regime of performance measurement: the case of management and organisation studies.' Studies in Higher Education. ISSN 0307-5079

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Abstract

The current demands on higher education institutions (HEIs) to become more efficient and effective have led to increasing performance pressures on researchers, and consequently on the practices and outcomes of researcher collaborations. In this paper, based on a qualitative study of collaborative experiences of management and organisation studies scholars, we explore the complexities and challenges of researcher collaborations under the current regime of academic performance measurement. Our study suggests that researcher collaborations are underpinned by four main rationalities: traditional-hierarchical, strategic-instrumental, scholarly-professional and relationship-orientated. We find that strategic-instrumental rationalities are the most prevalent and typically infuse other rationalities. Our research demonstrates that there are potential adverse consequences for the quality and purpose of outputs, the effects on collegial relationships and risks of exploitation and reinvoked hierarchies in collaborative relationships. The study reveals some of the problematic implications for academics and HEIs that emerge as a consequence of research productivity measurement.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Academic hierarchy, business schools, New Public Management, researcher collaboration, research performance measurement
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD58.7 Organizational behavior, change and effectiveness. Corporate culture
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Essex Business School
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 14 Sep 2018 13:15
Last Modified: 14 Sep 2018 14:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/22035

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