There is no training or "scholarly approach" to developing expertise in academic administration, says Comrade PhysioProf. While management and administration is viewed as central and important to business in the corporate world, in academia, it's viewed as a "necessary evil," and most academic administrators end up at their posts "by sheer dumb [luck]," and not because they're any good at the job, he adds. However, if academics don't start actively approaching management theory and practice like they do in the business world, then there may be a growing trend of "corporate d00ds" being hired to manage academic institutions, which academics don't like, PhysioProf says. So it's time for academics to "sacke ... uppe [sic]" and "adopt a scholarly and practical approach to academic management."
Dec 21, 2010