"New managerialism" in higher education: the case of United Arab Emirates

Ajayan, Shalini ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5600-1729 and Balasubramanian, Sreejith ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0475-7305 (2020) "New managerialism" in higher education: the case of United Arab Emirates. International Journal of Comparative Education and Development, 22 (2) . pp. 147-168. ISSN 2396-7404 [Article] (doi:10.1108/IJCED-11-2019-0054)


Purpose – The aim of this study is to assess the managerial practices in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) higher education sector through the lens of “new managerialism”.
Design/methodology/approach – An extensive review of new managerialism literature in higher education was conducted to develop a structured survey questionnaire. Using 176 useable responses obtained from the country-wide survey of academic staff, the underlying factor structure of new managerialism was first established using exploratory factor analysis (EFA), and then ANOVA was carried out to check whether there existed any difference in the six factors as well as for the individual items within each factor across the three
types of Universities in the UAE, namely public universities, private-local owned universities and private-foreign owned universities.
Findings – The study unearthed a six-factor framework (monitoring and evaluation, transparency, bureaucracy, stakeholder engagement, research productivity and academic freedom and flexibility) of new
managerialism comprising of 20 managerial practices. Of the six factors, significant difference was found for bureaucracy, stakeholder engagement and academic freedom and flexibility across different types of universities.
Originality/value – In terms of novelty, the study is the first attempt to explore new managerialism in higher education in the Middle Eastern context.

Item Type: Article
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Research Areas: A. > Business School
Item ID: 35985
Depositing User: Sreejith Balasubramanian
Date Deposited: 07 Nov 2022 10:34
Last Modified: 20 Feb 2023 14:08
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/35985

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