Transplanting tenure and the (re)construction of academic freedoms

Anne Herbert, Janne Tienari

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In a radical change to modes of academic employment in Finland, a newly merged university is introducing a tenure track system based on examples from the United States. Analyzing texts produced by university strategists, on the one hand, and interviews with staff affected by the system, on the other, we explore how notions of academic freedom are (re)constructed when tenure is transplanted into a new context. Our exploratory study builds on Marginson's work, and seeks to understand, first, how tenure becomes a tool for realizing senior management strategic intent in universities and, second, how it affects academics' understandings of freedoms. It is argued that tenure and its effects need to be considered vis-à-vis the local context where it is adopted and adapted.
Original languageEnglish
Peer-reviewed scientific journalStudies in Higher Education
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)157-173
Number of pages17
Publication statusPublished - 2013
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article - refereed


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