Conceptualising middle management in higher education: a multifaceted discourse

CLEGG, S. and MCAULEY, J. (2005). Conceptualising middle management in higher education: a multifaceted discourse. Journal of higher education policy and management, 27 (1), 19-34.

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Debates about middle management in higher education have been largely confined to the dominant discourse of managerialism. In this paper, we argue for an engagement with the broader management literature, with its multiple discourses of middle management. We present an analysis of middle management as a multifaceted phenomenon and review literature on middle managers as representing: core organisational values; as self-interested agent of control; as corporate bureaucrat; and as repositories of organisational wisdom. In considering each of these views, we reflect on the relevant debates within higher education. We conclude that a more productive discussion of the role of middle management in higher education is possible by breaking with the simple managerialism/collegiate duality found in the higher education literature.

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Page Range: 19-34
Depositing User: Ann Betterton
Date Deposited: 16 May 2008
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 23:31

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