What have we done to universities?

Is it inevitable that the university will be reduced to the function of providing, with increasingly authoritarian efficiency, pre-packed intellectual commodities which meet the requirements of management? Or can we by our efforts transform it into a centre of free discussion and action, tolerating and even
encouraging ‘subversive’ thought and activity, for a dynamic renewal of the whole society within which it operates? (Thompson, 1970: 166)

This article by Martin Parker gives a bleak account of change management of a European business school, which he describes as “performance based Taylorism, with academics as tradable commodities based on the number of stars they had on their CV”. If we at SI could have only read one new article in the last month, this would be it.


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