Becoming academics : embracing and resisting changing writing practice

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Katila , S , Laamanen , M , Laihonen , M , Lund , R , Meriläinen , S , Rinkinen , J & Tienari , J 2020 , ' Becoming academics : embracing and resisting changing writing practice ' , Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management: An International Journal , vol. 15 , no. 3 , pp. 315-330 . https://doi.org/10.1108/QROM-12-2018-1713

Title: Becoming academics : embracing and resisting changing writing practice
Author: Katila, Saija; Laamanen, Mikko; Laihonen, Maarit; Lund, Recebba; Meriläinen, Susan; Rinkinen, Jenny; Tienari, Janne
Other contributor: University of Helsinki, Aalto University
University of Helsinki, Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS)

Date: 2020
Language: eng
Number of pages: 16
Belongs to series: Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management: An International Journal
ISSN: 1746-5656
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1108/QROM-12-2018-1713
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/335208
Abstract: Purpose The purpose of this paper is to analyze how global and local changes in higher education impact upon writing practices through which doctoral students become academics. The study explores how norms and values of academic writing practice are learned, negotiated and resisted and elucidates how competences related to writing come to determine the academic selves. Design/methodology/approach The study uses memory work, which is a group method that puts attention to written individual memories and their collective analysis and theorizing. The authors offer a comparison of experiences in becoming academics by two generational cohorts (1990s and 2010s) in the same management studies department in a business school. Findings The study indicates that the contextual and temporal enactment of academic writing practice in the department created a situation where implicit and ambiguous criteria for writing competence gradually changed into explicit and narrow ones. The change was relatively slow for two reasons. First, new performance management indicators were introduced over a period of two decades. Second, when the new indicators were gradually introduced, they were locally resisted. The study highlights how the focus, forms and main actors of resistance changed over time. Originality/value The paper offers a detailed account of how exogenous changes in higher education impact upon, over time and cultural space, academic writing practices through which doctoral students become academics.
Subject: 5200 Other social sciences
Higher education
Practice
Resistance
Memory work
Doctoral studies
Writing practice
PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT
IDENTITY
UNIVERSITY
WORK
ORGANIZATION
POWER
512 Business and Management
Higher education
Practice
Resistance
Memory work
Doctoral studies
Writing practice
PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT
IDENTITY
UNIVERSITY
WORK
ORGANIZATION
POWER
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