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Joining the club: the ideology of quality and business school badging

Bell, Emma and Taylor, Scott (2005). Joining the club: the ideology of quality and business school badging. Studies in Higher Education, 30(3) pp. 239–255.

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The ideology of quality and the frameworks used to measure it can profoundly affect academic identity. This article explores the role of quality frameworks in UK business schools, focusing on the way that individuals confront the logic of accreditation when they are subject to its discipline. By defining business schools as an institutional field, inhabited by social actors who negotiate with each other to establish the significance of the rules, it is possible to analyse the factors that influence adoption of quality frameworks. Analysis of interviews with academics and administrators in four case studies suggests that the ideology of quality relies on the concept of elitism to achieve differentiation, and uses gendered metaphors to emphasize the competitive aspects of this process. The authors conclude that, as long as business schools define themselves as a field driven by processes of emulation, the potential to resist this ideology remains limited.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2005 Society for Research into Higher Education
ISSN: 1470-174X
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) > Business > Department for People and Organisations
Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) > Business
Faculty of Business and Law (FBL)
Item ID: 48620
Depositing User: Emma Bell
Date Deposited: 14 Mar 2017 16:07
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2018 10:48
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