Running a professional academic-related team in an academic environment


This paper considers the position of a large full-range business school and ways in which it can improve its efficiency and effectiveness, and enhance students' learning environment by the strategic use of academic-related staff within key roles in the School. Some of these roles have traditionally been undertaken by academic staff, but the increased complexity of the Business School environment makes it impossible for academic staff to undertake all roles if the School wants to be innovative and successful in a highly changing external environment. The investigation is carried out via a series of semi-structure interviews, conducted with academic and academic related staff across the School. This is compared with a review of recent literature in the subject. The paper concludes that both the efficient running of the School and the learning environment of students are improved via the partnership of academics and support staff. The findings reveal, however, that the use of academic-related staff must be done sensitively, to ensure that institutions do not become over bureaucratic or academics alienated in the drive to focus on the student experience.

Divisions: College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School
Event Title: The HE Academy Business, Management and Accountancy Conference
Event Type: Other
Event Dates: 2005-01-01
Uncontrolled Keywords: professional academic-related team,academic environment
PURE Output Type: Paper
Published Date: 2005
Authors: Higson, Helen E. (ORCID Profile 0000-0003-3433-2823)
Filby, Jane



Version: Accepted Version

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