Craft, factory or profession? Institutional logics in research supervision
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Journal: Academy of Management 2012 Annual Meeting, AOM 2012
According to Halse and Malfroy (2010) research supervision should be viewed as a profession. Professions have their own institutional, explicit, stated norms. But in the world of contemporary higher education, the institutionalized, bureaucratic, aspects of professional life sometimes conflict with the expectations and behavior of professionals. This paper examines the developments in the practices of research supervision through the lens of new institutional theory. Our paper identifies three competing institutional logics around the creation of knowledge: the traditional "craft" approach, an emerging "factory" mentality of measurable outcomes, and a middle way - a "professional" logic.