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Under surveillance?: performance measurement, governance and self-governance in academic work
University of Turku, Finland.ORCID-id: 0000-0001-8305-6699
University of Turku, Finland.
University of Dundee, UK.
Linnéuniversitetet, Ekonomihögskolan (FEH), Institutionen för organisation och entreprenörskap (OE). University of Turku, Finland.
2017 (engelsk)Inngår i: Paper presented at Hallinnon ja kuntatutkimuksen tiedepäivät 2017, Tampere, Finland, November 16-17, 2017, 2017Konferansepaper, Publicerat paper (Fagfellevurdert)
Abstract [en]

During the last decade, performance measurement (PM) has become an everyday activity in higher education. Owing to the adoption of PM, previously collegial university management has taken steps towards a managerial model. As a result, the new judgmental PM systems seem to undermine important aspects of academic work, such as creativity and quality of work and cause increased stress and pressure.

Foucault invites us to look at the ways various techniques of power and control impact and structure human behavior. His concept of ‘governmentality’ refers to the organizational governance, but also to self-governance, which the individuals under the organizational governance engage in. According to Foucault individuals internalize the norms, ideals and targets of the control system, and start to self-discipline and regulate their own behavior accordingly. Internalizing the control mechanisms makes individuals aim at achieving a ‘normative self’, which at least in the context of academic work remains out of reach for many academics. It has been found that found that despite dissatisfaction and disquiet, most academics are complicit with the demands of performance measurement. However, the genuine interest in the work itself is being stretched and at the risk of being lost.

We use the framework of Foucault in looking at the ways in which various techniques of control impact and structure human behavior, and aim at problematizing the use of PM practices in the context of academic work. The empirical data of the study consists of open-ended questions from a large survey for university employees collected in 2015 with 672 respondents. The results show that the PM impacts the university employees’ relationship with their work.

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Performance measurement, governmentality, self-governance, universities, Foucault
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Ekonomi, Företagsekonomi
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-79212OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-79212DiVA, id: diva2:1270795
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Hallinnon ja kuntatutkimuksen tiedepäivät 2017, Tampere, Finland, November 16-17, 2017
Tilgjengelig fra: 2018-12-14 Laget: 2018-12-14 Sist oppdatert: 2019-02-27bibliografisk kontrollert

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