New dynamics for new futures: bridging the academic and professional cultures

Dr Mirjam Siesling - Senior Grants Officer, Tilburg University
Dr Aygen Kurt-Dickson Research Development Manager, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

Throughout research organisations, we see a visible rise of ‘blended professionals’ (BPs): individuals operating on the boundaries of academic and management work (Whitchurch, 2008). Today’s universities have been taking up more tasks besides research and teaching – it is in these tasks eminently that BPs flourish. We will present the results of a case study into BPs in Italy, the UK and The Netherlands, discussing career choices, feelings of appreciation, and dealing with the limits of job descriptions.

Preliminary outcomes suggest that BPs feel they make unique contributions, bridging the key elements of academic cultures and management practices, however they feel “stuck” or “bouncing” between traditional administrative structures and larger responsibilities. We will a) discuss experiences with the audience; b) draft a first theoretical framework to further consolidate the concept of BPs, and c) show how BPs can help academics get better support and be less burdened with administrative work.

Being BPs ourselves, we have established an informal European Community of Practice as the ‘third/inner space’ that is already in place in our institutions. The INORMS conference provides an excellent opportunity to open up our network to colleagues from all over the world.

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Room Harris 1 & 2
Time 12:00 - 13:15
Date Thursday 7th June, 2018
Theme Leadership & Professional Development 2
Style Workshop
Speakers Dr Mirjam Siesling - Senior Grants Officer, Tilburg University
Dr Aygen Kurt-Dickson Research Development Manager, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

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