Journal article

‘Key selection criteria’ as administrative devices: An investigation of academic bureaucratization at Australian universities

Peter Woelert

Science and Public Policy | Oxford University Press (OUP) | Published : 2020

Abstract

Abstract Over recent decades, tensions arising from the ways universities operate have become increasingly apparent. While there have been ongoing ambitions to reduce traditional bureaucratic mechanisms and ‘red tape’ within universities, there has been mounting concern internationally that the administrative dimensions of academic work are becoming increasingly burdensome (a phenomenon also referred to as ‘academic bureaucratization’). This article explores how a specific administrative device used at Australian universities—the ‘key selection criteria’ (KSC) that applicants have to address in writing when applying for academic positions—manifests academic bureaucratization. ..

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