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Managing the teaching-research nexus: ideals and practice in research-oriented universities
KTH, School of Education and Communication in Engineering Science (ECE), Learning.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2983-5573
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Industrial Economics and Management (Dept.), Entrepreneurship and innovation.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0820-2769
2015 (English)In: Higher Education Research and Development, ISSN 0729-4360, E-ISSN 1469-8366, Vol. 34, no 1, 60-73 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper demonstrates that while ideals of close linkages between research and teaching are widely embraced in research-oriented universities, a practice of division of labour between teaching-oriented and research-oriented staff persists. In an investigation of how the research–teaching nexus is managed at three Swedish universities, we identify a perceived misalignment between institutional incentives for individual academic staff and the needs of teaching. Under pressure from such tensions, managers are forced to deploy pragmatic strategies for the staffing of undergraduate education tasks. This includes allowing research needs and agendas to take priority over teaching needs. While managers seek to secure the participation of senior researchers in education, they often actively prefer to delegate the bulk of teaching activities to less research-active staff. Such strategies seem to reinforce existing patterns of division of labour among academic staff.

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2015. Vol. 34, no 1, 60-73 p.
Keyword [en]
academic career, academic work, higher education policy, leadership, teaching–research nexus
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Educational Sciences
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Education and Communication in the Technological Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-161735DOI: 10.1080/07294360.2014.934332ISI: 000349534600005ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84902444929OAI: diva2:795266

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