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Workload allocation models in academia: Panopticon of neoliberal control or tools for resistance?

Boncori, Ilaria and Sicca, Luigi Maria and Bizjak, Davide (2020) 'Workload allocation models in academia: Panopticon of neoliberal control or tools for resistance?' Tamara Journal for Critical Organization Inquiry, 18 (1). pp. 51-69. ISSN 1532-5555

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Abstract

Academic ‘labour’ within the Higher Education landscape is changing as universities are increasingly managed as business organisations. In the contemporary neoliberal academic context, departments and individuals are required to develop forms of accountability based on quantitative metrics regarding performance, budgets, human resource management and income generation. Drawing from Foucauldian theories of power, this paper explores the contentious implementation of workload allocation models in the UK Higher Education sector not only as an illustration of a superimposed managerial tool of control, but also as an instrument of resistance. This article suggests that in order to counteract the systematic failure of neoliberal academia at the individual and collective level, these performance management tools can be used as forms of empowerment and resistance. Further, it is recommended that these instruments are designed in a collaborative way to ensure fair and transparent allocations of tasks and responsibilities, and to avoid unmanageable workloads.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Resistance; workload allocation models; panopticon
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 27 Nov 2020 17:09
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2022 14:19
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/29173

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