Sceptics, utilitarians and missionaries: senior managers' perceptions of engagement in a research intensive Australian university

Cuthill, Michael and Brown, Alinta (2010) Sceptics, utilitarians and missionaries: senior managers' perceptions of engagement in a research intensive Australian university. Australasian Journal of University Community Engagement, 5 (2). pp. 126-146.


Senior managers at Australian universities are increasingly being asked to plan and manage for engagement. However there
appears to be confusion as to what engagement entails, and how engagement relates to both everyday operational tasks and to the purpose of the university more broadly. This paper provides rich description of senior managers' perceptions of engagement at one research intensive Australian university. Currently, senior managers' perceptions of engagement vary significantly, to the point of opposing perspectives. The spectrum of values and
perceptions can be clustered around three personas: Sceptics, Utilitarians and Missionaries. Despite the differing perspectives and considerable confusion about engagement, there is broad support from all senior managers for the University to progress an institutional engagement agenda. Results presented in this paper highlight the misconceptions, opportunities and constraints confronting one university looking to adopt an engagement mission.

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Additional Information: © 2010 The Australian University Community Engagement Alliance (AUCEA Inc.) No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise without the written permission of the copyright holder.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - USQ Other
Date Deposited: 06 Jun 2013 02:24
Last Modified: 25 Feb 2015 00:40
Uncontrolled Keywords: engaged scholarship; community engagement; civic mission; engagement audit; engagement mission
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150303 Corporate Governance and Stakeholder Engagement
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130304 Educational Administration, Management and Leadership
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9304 School/Institution > 930402 School/Institution Community and Environment

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