Managing productivity in an academic institution: Rethinking the whom, which, what, and whose of productivity

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Abstract

Drawing on a review of scholarly literature, this article suggests rethinking productivity in academic institutions along tour dimensions: the productivity of whom, productivity for which unit of analysis, productivity according to what functions, and productivity in whose interests. It offers principles for promoting enlightened discussion and pursuit of productivity at all levels of the organization. In contrast to the dominant discourse, which emphasizes focus, centralized standard measures, and accountability, the bias in my principles is toward balance, decentralized diversity, and recalibration. I suggest the ideal is not for employees and units to produce to centrally managed objectives but for all individuals and units to manage individually and collectively to design their work to improve their productivity along multiple dimensions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)619-632
Number of pages14
JournalResearch in Higher Education
Volume42
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2001

Keywords

  • Academic management
  • Faculty
  • Productivity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education

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