Efficiency and academic freedom

Brian Pullan and Michele Abendstern

in A History of the University of Manchester, 1973–90

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print January 2004 | ISBN: 9780719062421
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781700624 | DOI:
Efficiency and academic freedom

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Endless arguments arose as to whether the new and increasingly formal system of management would actually make the University more effective. It provided machinery for procuring a general level of efficiency, keeping everyone up to the mark by constant scrutiny, and seeking to motivate academics by material rewards and gains in status. In abeyance was the liberal notion that academics should be their own managers, doing their own work with some encouragement from colleagues and friends.

Keywords: universities; collaboration; competition; liberal tradition; efficiency

Chapter.  10421 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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