Theses on College and University Administration: A Critical Perspective

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John F. Welsh


What would administrative theory look like if we viewed an academic organization in conflict and crisis from the perspective of those at the base of the organizational pyramid? What if we rejected the assumption that colleges and universities are universal and eternal havens of collegiality, rationality, and equity? What if we opened analyses up to include exploitation, predation, and alienation among the core, not peripheral, experiences of faculty, staff, and students in American colleges and universities? What if we approached the “body of knowledge” about administration in colleges and universities from the perspective of a critical theory of knowledge, organization, and individuality? What if we studied the administration of colleges and universities from the standpoint of a philosophy of liberation?

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