Management Education and Early Career Academics: Challenges and Opportunities

Ratle, Olivier; Bristow, Alexandra and Robinson, Sarah K. (2022). Management Education and Early Career Academics: Challenges and Opportunities. In: Fellenz, Martin; Hoidn, Sabine and Brady, Mairead eds. The Future of Management Education. Routledge Advances in Management Learning and Education. London: Routledge, pp. 69–85.



Academics starting their careers today will shape the profession in many ways, and represent its future. Looking into the future of management education therefore involves examining current challenges faced by these new management educators. Early-career academics (ECAs) may encounter economic and status precarity, various forms of discrimination, bureaucratic excesses and managerialism, crushing workloads and unrealistic performance requirements. They also face strong normative expectations of what it means to be an academic – which spheres of activity they should privilege, and what their career trajectory should look like. So what does the current predicament of ECAs can tell us about the future of management education?

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