Centralising professional staff: is this another instrument of symbolic violence in the managerialised university?

Wheeldon, Anita Louise and Whitty, Stephen Jonathan and van der Hoorn, Bronte (2022) Centralising professional staff: is this another instrument of symbolic violence in the managerialised university? Journal of Educational Administration and History. pp. 1-19. ISSN 0022-0620


Abstract

If centralising university services is regarded as operationally ineffective, why do managerialised universities continue to organise themselves this way? We investigate an occurrence of this paradox at a regional Australian university, where professional staff services were centralised for a period of 7 years. They were separated from academics and their role repurposed to focus on student needs rather than continuing to support academics. As a method of analysis, we use a Bourdieusian lens to illuminate the power dynamics between fields to reveal, what we argue appears to be a symbolically violent view of centralising services. We conclude that universities continue to centralise services to increase management power, yet this strategy undermines managerialism’s own efforts of increasing operational outcomes because it increases conflict between the staff it relies on to be a university.


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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Business (18 Jan 2021 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Business (18 Jan 2021 -)
Date Deposited: 11 Jul 2022 04:19
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2022 04:59
Uncontrolled Keywords: Symbolic violence, managerialism, bourdieu, decentralisation
Fields of Research (2020): 39 EDUCATION > 3902 Education policy, sociology and philosophy > 390203 Sociology of education
35 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 3507 Strategy, management and organisational behaviour > 350710 Organisational behaviour
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 16 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 1601 Learner and learning > 160102 Higher education
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/00220620.2022.2095993
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/49444

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