The title of this paper is a quote from a vice-chancellor of an Australian university, one of the participants in this occupational case study of academic labour in market-oriented universities. The paper explores the changing academic labour process in the context of university work which is increasingly geared to commercial imperatives and consumer sovereignty. The consequences for the labour process are work intensification, a shift in power from producers to consumers, and the fragmentation and Taylorisation of academic work. The study draws on: interviews with academics, academic managers and industry commentators; analysis of university documents; analysis of government policies; and participant observation.
|Title of host publication||6th Annual conference|
|Subtitle of host publication||Emerging issues in employment relations|
|Place of Publication||Adelaide|
|Publisher||PERA/Uni of South Australia|
|Number of pages||13|
|Publication status||Published - 2006|
|Event||Annual Pacific Employment Relations Association Conference - Adelaide, Australia|
Duration: 15 Nov 2006 → 17 Nov 2006
|Conference||Annual Pacific Employment Relations Association Conference|
|Period||15/11/06 → 17/11/06|
Sappey, J., & Bamber, G. (2006). Universities, Academics and Students - The Ground Rules Have Changed: Power dynamics in the teaching relationship in universities. In G. Treuren (Ed.), 6th Annual conference: Emerging issues in employment relations (pp. 226-238). PERA/Uni of South Australia.