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Institutional logics in research supervision

Nordberg, Donald (2011) Institutional logics in research supervision. Working Paper. University of Westminster.

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Abstract

According to Halse and Malfroy (2010) research supervision should be viewed as a profession. Professions have their own institutional norms, of course; explicit norms are what makes something a profession, rather than a craft. But in the world of contemporary higher education, where the word "institution" is often used to denote the organization of the university and the bureaucracy of HE policy-making, the institutionalized aspects of professional life can get lost. This paper examines the growing literature on research supervision through the lenses of a) knowledge theory, with its tacit, explicit and latent dimensions; and b) new institutional theory, with its focus on the diffusion of norms of social practices through isomophorism. It identifies three competing institutional logics: the traditional "craft" approach, an emerging "factory" mentality of measurable outcomes and target, and a middle way – a "professional" logic. The paper concludes with a discussion of the role of accountability and how it influences the legitimacy of these competing institutional logics.

Item Type:Monograph (Working Paper)
Additional Information:WORKING PAPER 11-4 Online ISBN 9781908440037
Research Community:University of Westminster > Westminster Business School
ID Code:10583
Deposited On:07 Jun 2012 15:46
Last Modified:07 Jun 2012 15:46

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