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'Turning points': the personal and professional circumstances that lead academics to become middle managers

Floyd, Alan (2012). 'Turning points': the personal and professional circumstances that lead academics to become middle managers. Educational Management Administration and Leadership, 40(2) pp. 272–284.

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Abstract

In the current higher education climate, there is a growing perception that the pressures associated with being an academic middle manager outweigh the perceived rewards of the position. This paper investigates the personal and professional circumstances that lead academics to become middle managers by drawing on data from life history interviews undertaken with 17 male and female Heads of Departments, from a range of disciplines, in a post-1992 UK university. The data suggests that experiencing conflict between personal and professional identities, manifested through different socialisation experiences over time, can lead to a ‘turning point’ and a decision that affects a person’s career trajectory. Although the results of this study cannot be generalised, the findings may help other individuals and institutions move towards a firmer understanding of the academic who becomes Head of Department – in relation to theory, practice and research.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2012 The Author
ISSN: 1741-1440
Keywords: academic; career; head of department; identity; life history; socialization
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Education, Childhood, Youth and Sport
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Research Group: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Education Futures
Item ID: 43814
Depositing User: Alan Floyd
Date Deposited: 04 Aug 2015 08:35
Last Modified: 11 Dec 2018 10:12
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/43814
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