Performance Appraisal and Performance-Based Pay in Universities : In Taylor’s Shadow

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Kimber, Megan Paige and Ehrich, Lisa Catherine. (2022). Performance Appraisal and Performance-Based Pay in Universities : In Taylor’s Shadow. In The Palgrave Handbook of Educational Leadership and Management Discourse pp. 619-638 Springer International Publishing. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-99097-8_61
AuthorsKimber, Megan Paige and Ehrich, Lisa Catherine
Abstract

Neoliberal reforms in higher education have shaped the nature of academic work since the 1980s in Australia and other countries. These reforms have resulted in the use of private sector performance practices designed to improve productivity, efficiency, and customer service in research and teaching within public universities. The use of these practices within public sector institutions has been termed “managerialism.” A key component of these reforms has been the establishment of performance management schemes and the process of performance appraisal for individual staff members (Morris et al., 2007). The central argument in this chapter is that, given the current pervasiveness of managerialism in higher education, collegiality, autonomy, and the traditional role of academic work are being compromised.

The focus in this chapter lies with two aspects of performance management – performance appraisal and performance-based pay. The role and purpose of performance appraisal is reviewed alongside the argument that an approach recognizing the traditional values of academics and is developmental in focus holds merit and is preferable to an approach based on control and surveillance. Caveats are raised regarding the adoption of performance pay within universities. In the final part of the chapter, some discussion is afforded to the actions that managers within universities can take that may help mediate the tensions between traditional and corporate roles of the university.

KeywordsPerformance appraisal; Performance pay; Universities; Scientific management; Managerialism; Human relations theory
Page range619-638
Year01 Jan 2022
Book titleThe Palgrave Handbook of Educational Leadership and Management Discourse
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Place of publicationUnited States
ISBN9783030990961
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-99097-8_61
Web address (URL)https://link.springer.com/referenceworkentry/10.1007/978-3-030-99097-8_61
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Print25 Sep 2022
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Deposited30 Jan 2024
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