The open-plan academy

Space, control and the undermining of professional identity

Chris Baldry*, Alison Barnes

*Corresponding author for this work

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The introduction of open-plan (OP) academic offices is critically examined through interviews undertaken in Scotland and Australia. The development is discussed in the context of the increased managerialism in higher education. The conclusion is that, despite a rhetoric of synergy, the dominant rationale for OP is one of cost reduction and that the experience for many academics is proving detrimental to both scholarship and professional identity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)228-245
Number of pages18
JournalWork, Employment & Society
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2012

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