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Title: Neoliberalism and new public management in an Australian University: The invisibility of our take-over
Contributor(s): Sims, Margaret  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2019-02
Open Access: Yes
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Abstract: The higher education sector in Australia is operating in an ideological context in which the ideas of managerialism and neoliberalism combine to create a discourse shaping the lives of both workers and students. The practices that emerge inside higher education organisations as a result combine to form an organisational neoliberal managerial culture that shapes practices, operating in a vicious cycle. In this vicious cycle, managers set the organisational culture through the roles they take on in this figured world, leading to particular ways of behaving and engaging in the practice of management. These experiences are received and internalised by their recipients who come to believe their reality reflects the only way things operate. In this paper I take an autoethnographic approach to reflect on my experiences of the practices emerging from this culture as I have experienced them within one higher education organisation in Australia. I argue that we are seeing the operationalisation of a discourse of managerial privilege that, in the long term, is not only detrimental to the functioning of higher educational organisations but puts at risk the wellbeing of the nation through its impact on both staff and students.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Australian Universities' Review, 61(1), p. 22-30
Publisher: National Tertiary Education Union
Place of Publication: Australia
ISSN: 0818-8068
Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 130103 Higher Education
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 390303 Higher education
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 930401 Management and Leadership of Schools/Institutions
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 160204 Management, resources and leadership
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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