Complexities, challenges and implications of collaborative work within a regime of performance measurement:the case of management and organisation studies

Jeanes, Emma and Loacker, Bernadette Isabel and Sliwa, Martyna (2019) Complexities, challenges and implications of collaborative work within a regime of performance measurement:the case of management and organisation studies. Studies in Higher Education, 44 (9). pp. 1539-1553. ISSN 0307-5079

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Abstract

The current demands on higher education institutions (HEIs) to become more efficient and effective have led to increasing performance pressures on researchers, and consequently on the practices and outcomes of researcher collaborations. In this paper, based on a qualitative study of collaborative experiences of management and organisation studies scholars, we explore the complexities and challenges of researcher collaborations under the current regime of academic performance measurement. Our study suggests that researcher collaborations are underpinned by four main rationalities: traditional-hierarchical, strategic-instrumental, scholarly-professional and relationship-orientated. We find that strategic-instrumental rationalities are the most prevalent and typically infuse other rationalities. Our research demonstrates that there are potential adverse consequences for the quality and purpose of outputs, the effects on collegial relationships and risks of exploitation and reinvoked hierarchies in collaborative relationships. The study reveals some of the problematic implications for academics and HEIs that emerge as a consequence of research productivity measurement.

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Journal Article
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Studies in Higher Education
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This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Studies in Higher Education on 26/03/2018, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/03075079.2018.1453793
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05 Apr 2018 08:46
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