Evaluating change in the Australian Higher Education System

a critical theory perspective

Suzanne Ryan, James Guthrie

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference proceeding contribution

Abstract

The paper questions whether the Australian Higher Education System has been colonised away from the traditional ‘idea of a university’ as a social institution to a new identity as an economic institution. Adapting concepts based on Habermas’ critical theory to the level of an organisation, a framework for analysing organisational change is applied to higher education to examine the question of colonisation. While judgments of colonisation have been made on the bases of the magnitude of external pressures and the types of changes within the system, the type of change is less certain when internal power dependencies and the perspective of academics is taken into account.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication23rd ANZAM Conference 2009
Subtitle of host publicationproceedings
EditorsNicholas Beaumont
PublisherAustralian and New Zealand Academy of Management
Pages1-21
Number of pages21
ISBN (Print)1863081577
Publication statusPublished - 2009
EventAustralian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference (23rd : 2009) - Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 1 Dec 20094 Dec 2009

Conference

ConferenceAustralian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference (23rd : 2009)
CountryAustralia
CityMelbourne
Period1/12/094/12/09

Keywords

  • critical social theory
  • organisation change
  • managerialism
  • critical management
  • higher education

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