Incentivising academics

experiences and expectations of the tenure track in Finland

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    Abstract

    Research has shown that a tenure track incorporates both commitment and control aspects: the career system offers junior-level academics long-term job prospects, but subjects them to performance control. This study complements existing research on tenure track positions, which has mostly been conducted in northern America. Universities in Finland have established new organisation-specific tenure track systems. Drawing on interviews with academics working in tenure track positions, this study elucidates the inconsistencies and tensions academics feel during their career, the criteria they interpret as being emphasised in promotion, and their experiences in combining work and private lives. While academics were formally encouraged to excel in various areas, the study found that academics interpreted the tenure track as emphasising research performance and success in acquiring research funding. The study concludes that career systems encourage academics to adopt entrepreneurial mindsets and makes the individual responsible for their own career progress.

    Original languageEnglish
    JournalStudies in Higher Education
    Volume44
    Issue number6
    Pages (from-to)932-945
    Number of pages14
    ISSN0307-5079
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 3 Jun 2019
    MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

    Fields of Science

    • IDENTITIES
    • MANAGEMENT
    • Tenure track
    • WORK
    • academic career
    • new public management
    • performance criteria
    • universities
    • 516 Educational sciences

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    Incentivising academics : experiences and expectations of the tenure track in Finland. / Pietilä, Maria.

    In: Studies in Higher Education, Vol. 44, No. 6, 03.06.2019, p. 932-945.

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