Outsiders and the New Managerialism

Gaye Tuchman

in Wannabe U

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9780226815299
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226815282 | DOI:
Outsiders and the New Managerialism

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This chapter reviews the new corporate administration and emerging boardroom idols at Wannabe University. As academic administrators have increasingly followed the corporate pattern of achieving vertical mobility by moving from one employer to the next, professors have reconsidered both the meaning of being an administrator and the relationship between the professoriate and the administration. The chapter argues that many professors feel that the “outside” administrators are “corporate administrators” more concerned with power and their own careers than with the fate of Wannabe. Put somewhat differently, according to many professors, by helping the University climb a rung up the ladder of American public research universities, the “corporate administrators” help themselves clamber up the stairs of a managerial career in academe.

Keywords: corporate administration; academic administrator; research universities; audit culture; corporate administrators; Wannabe University; accountability regime

Chapter.  8054 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Higher and Further Education

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