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The changing face of academic middle management : an ethnographic exploration of university heads of department’s identities

Meta Gorup (UGent)
(2023)
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Academic middle managers, such as department heads and faculty deans, are a group of managers who sit between the top university management and the academic leaders below middle management. This position makes them crucial to the management of academic activities and the implementation of university directives. However, their responsibilities are rarely straightforward. With the advance of managerialism in higher education institutions, previously characterized mainly by collegial and professional academic values, the role of these managers has evolved from one largely defined by academic leadership to one in which they assume significant managerial responsibilities. As a result, their positions have become increasingly complex and often require addressing conflicting expectations. Based on an ethnographic study conducted in a faculty of an English university, this dissertation examines in depth the complex environments and lived experiences of three heads of department through the lens of their managerial identities construction. Focusing on the instances in which the department heads experienced tensions between their multiple managerial identities informed by different identity sources, the study offers detailed insights into the academic middle managers’ general conceptions of their managerial identities and their sense of managerial self in relation to their research management responsibilities.
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higher education, academic middle management, identity

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Gorup, Meta. The Changing Face of Academic Middle Management : An Ethnographic Exploration of University Heads of Department’s Identities. Ghent University. Faculty of Political and Social Sciences, 2023.
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Gorup, M. (2023). The changing face of academic middle management : an ethnographic exploration of university heads of department’s identities. Ghent University. Faculty of Political and Social Sciences, Ghent, Belgium.
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Gorup, Meta. 2023. “The Changing Face of Academic Middle Management : An Ethnographic Exploration of University Heads of Department’s Identities.” Ghent, Belgium: Ghent University. Faculty of Political and Social Sciences.
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Gorup, Meta. 2023. “The Changing Face of Academic Middle Management : An Ethnographic Exploration of University Heads of Department’s Identities.” Ghent, Belgium: Ghent University. Faculty of Political and Social Sciences.
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Gorup M. The changing face of academic middle management : an ethnographic exploration of university heads of department’s identities. [Ghent, Belgium]: Ghent University. Faculty of Political and Social Sciences; 2023.
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M. Gorup, “The changing face of academic middle management : an ethnographic exploration of university heads of department’s identities,” Ghent University. Faculty of Political and Social Sciences, Ghent, Belgium, 2023.
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Based on an ethnographic study conducted in a faculty of an English university, this dissertation examines in depth the complex environments and lived experiences of three heads of department through the lens of their managerial identities construction. Focusing on the instances in which the department heads experienced tensions between their multiple managerial identities informed by different identity sources, the study offers detailed insights into the academic middle managers’ general conceptions of their managerial identities and their sense of managerial self in relation to their research management responsibilities.}},
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