Journal article

Formally Alive yet Practically Complex: An Exploration of Academics' Perceptions of Their Autonomy as Researchers

Peter Woelert, Jenny M Lewis, Ai Tam Le

Higher Education Policy | PALGRAVE MACMILLAN LTD | Published : 2020

Abstract

Over the last two to three decades, many universities around the world have seen an increase in both organizational autonomy and performance-based accountability. While these developments have attracted considerable attention, relatively little remains known about how, within this transformed governance context, academics themselves practice their autonomy as researchers. Focusing on the case of one highly research-intensive university situated in Australia, this paper explores how academics from various disciplines understand and experience their practical autonomy in their own research in both its strategic and operational dimensions. Drawing on analyses of semi-structured interviews with ..

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