Academic middle manager’s approaches to management
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Advance HE Pre-function Area
In a previous study based on a questionnaire survey (Harboe, Rump, Hyldegård, & Bruun 2016), we have used explorative factor analysis to identify three approaches to academic middle management among heads of study, and other academic leaders. The approaches were ‘management by walking about’, the ‘bureaucratic, strategic approach’, and ‘scholarship of academic management’. Approaches are contextual, so any one academic middle manager can use any approach based on the situation, but they may have individual preferences. In this paper, we explore the nature of these approaches in depth.