Casual academics: A new public management paradox

Ryan, S, Connell, J and Burgess, J 2017, 'Casual academics: A new public management paradox', Labour Industry, vol. 27, no. 1, pp. 56-72.


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Collection: Journal Articles

Title Casual academics: A new public management paradox
Author(s) Ryan, S
Connell, J
Burgess, J
Year 2017
Journal name Labour Industry
Volume number 27
Issue number 1
Start page 56
End page 72
Total pages 17
Publisher Taylor and Francis
Abstract Like most management ideologies, New Public Management, is paradoxical in practice. In the case of universities, New Public Sector Management (NPM) practices have led to a core academic workforce that is tightly controlled in conjunction with a peripheral workforce of casual academics paid on hourly contracts. We examine this paradox through the experiences of academic managers responsible for casual academic employment at an Australian university. The line management of casual academics is informally delegated to subject coordinators. We conclude that the management of casual academics not only highlights the contradictions between efficiency and effectiveness in NPM practices, but, given the increased reliance on casual academics, also threatens the future of tenured academics and the 'idea of a university'.
Subject Human Resources Management
Keyword(s) Academic managers
casual academics
new public management
universities
DOI - identifier 10.1080/10301763.2017.1317707
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ISSN 1030-1763
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