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A History of the University of Manchester, 1973–90$
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Brian Pullan and Michele Abendstern

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780719062421

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719062421.001.0001

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Efficiency and academic freedom

Efficiency and academic freedom

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(p.214) 10 Efficiency and academic freedom
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A History of the University of Manchester, 1973–90
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Brian Pullan

Michele Abendstern

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719062421.003.0010

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

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