The reform of UK Universities: A management dream, an academic nightmare?

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This paper studies the impact on universities of operating in an NPM world by examining UK experiences, in general, and the specific cases of two UK universities. As institutions with high levels of human capital and articulate professionals, universities offer a complex setting to study the tensions between professions and managerialism. This study identifies the importance of accounting and calculative practices in the contemporary university and distinct professional reactions fostered by intense NPM experiences which were prompted by the 2010 UK Government's austerity programme.
Original languageEnglish
Early online date30 Jul 2019
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 30 Jul 2019


  • universities
  • NPM
  • professions
  • austerity
  • marketisation


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