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Mexico: A portrait of a managed profession
Changing governance and management in higher education: The perspective of the academy (2011)
  • Jesús F. Galaz-Fontes
Abstract

On the basis of a national survey on academics, this chapter discusses their perception of the governance and management within the institutions in which they work. With some variation according to institutional type, academics reported moderate to less than appropriate working conditions and yet, at the same time, they expressed that such conditions have improved somehow during the last years. Mexican academics perceived an absence of clear academic criteria in academics’ appointment and promotion, as well as a relatively low influence, on their part, in key professional decisions; this situation speaks of Mexican academics as managed professionals. Academics also reported low levels of communication between management and academics, a top-down administrative style, relatively low involvement in collegial decision-making, cumbersome administrative processes, and a low appraisal of top-level administrators as competent leaders. Nevertheless, Mexican academics expressed a high appreciation of their career, as well as high levels of job satisfaction, whose sources could be found in other aspects, more intrinsic to their work, than to the governance and management of their institutions.

Keywords
  • Academics,
  • Governance,
  • Management,
  • Survey,
  • Leadership,
  • Collegiality,
  • Mexico.
Publication Date
2011
Editor
William Locke, William K. Cummings, and Donald Fisher
Publisher
Springer
Series
The Changing Academy - The Changing Academic Profession in International Comparative Perspective
ISBN
978-94-007-1139-6
Citation Information
Jesús F. Galaz-Fontes. "Mexico: A portrait of a managed profession" 1st.DordrechtChanging governance and management in higher education: The perspective of the academy Vol. 2 (2011)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/galazfontes/17/