Moving towards digital governance of university scholars: instigating a post-truth university culture
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Methodology - Theoretically, the paper draws on the language philosophy of the live language games of capable habitus-based practices and that of the digital language of IT systems. The theoretical framework is illustrated by examples of university practices.
Findings - We argue that the reductive, digital language embedded in IT-based performance measures might destroy the live language game through which scholars of universities produce and develop complex cognitive conceptual habitus. Managers in thrall to the digital language of control accessible via IT can use it to create operational paths that crowd out the free cognitive conceptual habitus of the university scholars. Accordingly, the culture of the corporate university is moving towards a post-truth state.
Implications - Digitally based management systems have created a palpable change in university work place narratives, but the extended use of these systems has not solved governance problems. The situation suggests that the role of universities as the foundation for the whole project of enlightenment and knowledge-based society is threatened.
Originality/Value – Our paper provides a novel insight into the changing discourses in university governance in an era increasingly characterised as post-truth.
|Number of pages||31|
|Journal||Journal of Management and Governance|
|Publication status||Published - 27 Sep 2019|
- DIGITAL UNI AND post truth - final
Rights statement: This is a post-peer-review, pre-copyedit version of an article published in Journal of Management and Governance. The final authenticated version is available online at Springer via https://doi.org/10.1007/s10997-019-09489-7.
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