Life in a graduate school of business: the Bill stories

Suzanne Ryan, James Guthrie

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This paper presents stories to describe the personal and social lifeworlds of ‘Bill’, a typical academic employed in an autonomous graduate school of business in 2002-2003. The stories are based on interviews with 21 academics in three autonomous graduate schools of business. This is the first stage in a two stage longitudinal research study investigating the tensions between academic values and the corporatisation of higher education. The second stage of the research is currently being undertaken and will be incorporated into the final paper, hence the paper concludes with the issues to be examined in the second stage of the project.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 22nd ANZAM Conference
Subtitle of host publicationmanaging in the Pacific century
Place of PublicationAuckland, New Zealand
PublisherPromaco Conventions
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)1863081488
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes
EventAustralian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference (22nd : 2008) - Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 2 Dec 20085 Dec 2008


ConferenceAustralian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference (22nd : 2008)
Country/TerritoryNew Zealand


  • business schools
  • Master of Business Administration
  • graduate management education


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