Your Excellency

Nick Butler, Sverre Spoelstra*

*Corresponding author af dette arbejde

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Abstract

The idea of 'excellence' has become widespread in the modern university, in part due to UK assessment exercises such as the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) and the Research Excellence Framework (REF). As a result, academic careers are becoming increasingly oriented around publications in highly ranked journals. For critical management scholars, this poses a particular difficulty: how to negotiate the demand for excellence at the same time as maintaining a critical ethos in relation to one's work. Our study, which is based on interviews with members of the editorial board of Organization, examines this tension by outlining the 'secrets of excellence' according to some of the most excellent critical management scholars in the field. Although our tone is at times ironic and provocative, the paper arises from a genuine concern about the risks involved in playing the publication game. Ultimately, we argue that the game of excellence tends to master its players, rather than the other way around.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftOrganization
Vol/bind19
Udgave nummer6
Sider (fra-til)891-903
Antal sider13
ISSN1350-5084
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 2012
Udgivet eksterntJa

Emneord

  • Critical management studies
  • Excellence
  • Journal rankings
  • Game-playing

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