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Bullying and the neoliberal university: A co-authored autoethnography
Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, Business Administration.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2951-5919
Stockholm Business School, Stockholm University, Sweden.
2020 (English)In: Management Learning, ISSN 1350-5076, E-ISSN 1461-7307Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this article is to deepen the understanding of academic bullying as a consequence of neoliberal reforms in a university. Academics in contemporary universities have been put under pressure by the dominance of neoliberal processes, such as profit maximization, aggressive competitiveness, individualism or self-interest, generating undignifying social behaviours, including bullying practices. The presented story takes us – a junior academic and his conceptual encounterer – through our remembered experiences and field notes around a set of workday events in one European university reformed through managerial solutions as the object of the study. To do that, we employ co-authored analytic autoethnography to learn how neoliberal solutions reinforce paternalistic relationships as significant in career development, how such solutions enable the bullying of young academics and how neoliberalism in academia prevents young academics from contesting bullying. We are particularly interested in the bystander phenomenon: a person who shies away from taking action against bullying and thus strengthens bullying practices.

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Sage Publications, 2020.
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Autoethnography, bullying, bystander, mobbing, neoliberalism, universities
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Business Administration
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-48471DOI: 10.1177/1350507620920532Local ID: HOA JIBS 2020OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-48471DiVA, id: diva2:1431449
Available from: 2020-05-20 Created: 2020-05-20 Last updated: 2020-06-02

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