Brian M. Lucey

This is an extended version of an opinion piece published in the Irish Examiner

Over the last decade or more the language of management has permeated more and more into higher education. For some this is the trump of doom, as they see the accompanying managerialism as being the death knell of the university. Others, myself included, take this with a grain of salt. Universities, indeed all higher education, consists of large complex organizations dealing with tens of thousands of individuals and hundreds of millions of euro. The principles of good management are pretty much universal. Whether one is the abbot of a trappist monastery, the provost of Trinity College, the CEO of a coffee chain, work needs to be organized, finances managed, and the needs and aspirations of those who hold (or perceive that they hold) a stake in the continued success of the organization need to be managed…

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