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CITO Seminar "The Glass Bead Game and the Clapham Omnibus"

A seminar by Prof. Martin Parker (University of Leicester)

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Sep 12, 2013
from 03:00 PM to 04:15 PM


Q233, Quinn Building, Belfield

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Prof. Martin Parker will present the first CITO seminar of the new academic year on Thursday next, 12 September. The seminar will draw on two papers and is entitled:

"The Glass Bead Game and the Clapham Omnibus: Management Academics Today"

This presentation will involve talking about two papers. Both are drawn from the author’s experience. One paper is about working at a Business School which was trying to become the best in Europe, the other about editing an ABS 3* journal for five years. Both papers describe entanglements which produce the figure of the contemporary management academic, and the role of a variety of agents in producing this set-up - university managers, international publishing firms, state bureaucrats, ranking agents, shareholders, politicians and so on. This is a productive trap for everyone concerned, particularly superstar academics who get paid well for doing nothing of any importance, nothing that anyone in the hairdressers or the bus would care about. But shouldn’t we be doing things that people care about? Does the current state of affairs positively discourage management academics from doing useful things?