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Critical corridor talk: Just gossip or stoic resistance? Unrecognised informal Higher Education leadership

Critical corridor talk: Just gossip or stoic resistance? Unrecognised informal Higher Education leadership

Jameson, Jill ORCID: 0000-0002-9545-8078 (2018) Critical corridor talk: Just gossip or stoic resistance? Unrecognised informal Higher Education leadership. Higher Education Quarterly, 72 (4):8. pp. 375-389. ISSN 0951-5224 (Print), 1468-2273 (Online) (doi:https://doi.org/10.1111/hequ.12174)

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Abstract

This mixed methods paper considers whether or not invisible forms of morally resistant collegial leadership are progressively challenging policy and managerial quasi‐market instrumentalism in a minority of low trust dysfunctional situations in a stratified United Kingdom (UK) Higher Education system. A theoretical model of stoical critical corridor talk (CCT) is proposed, arising from selected empirical data and reflective observations in 2005–2017. The data demonstrated that resistant academic critique is increasingly questioning economically driven command and control authoritarianism. The model builds on the concept of critical being to consider whether or not CCT amongst academics provides informal stoical leadership to alleviate stresses exacerbated by poor management. The highly functioning criticality of negative capability facilitates self‐reflexive resistance against the false necessity of supposedly deterministic imperatives to validate policy‐driven audit‐based managerialism. Yet to foster trust, informal leadership needs to practise correct moral principles itself when resisting performativity in dysfunctional environments in which some overstep the acceptable roles of good management.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: higher education, informal leadership, criticality, corridor talk, stoicism, negative capability, resistance
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
L Education > LC Special aspects of education > LC5201 Education extension. Adult education. Continuing education
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > School of Education (EDU)
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > Institute for Lifecourse Development > Centre for Professional Workforce Development
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Last Modified: 18 Nov 2021 23:57
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: GREAT 6
Selected for REF2021: REF 4
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/21600

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