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Time Management in Higher Education - A Challenge for Academic Leaders
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Informatics.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Geography and Economic History, Economic history.
2016 (English)In: The Hawaiian Conference on Education 2016: Official Conference Proceedings, Nagoya: International Academic Forum , 2016, 89-98 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Planning the use of university faculty time and allocating it to various tasks can be challenging since university teachers typically have a complex mix of different tasks that also often change. In this context, some Swedish universities have turned towards time management software solutions as tools for planning department activities. This paper describes the introduction of such a web-based time management system at a Swedish university, and reports from a system evaluation comprising interviews with department leaders and staff planners. The empirical material implies that the advent of time management systems in higher education give rise to challenges for academic leaders aiming for efficiency, transparency and control, while trying to maintain flexibility and autonomy among faculty members.

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Nagoya: International Academic Forum , 2016. 89-98 p.
Keyword [en]
time management, higher education, academic freedom, academic leadership
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Information Systems, Social aspects
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-118341OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-118341DiVA: diva2:917089
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The IAFOR International Conference on Education 2016 – Hawaii (IICEHAWAII2016)
Available from: 2016-04-05 Created: 2016-03-16 Last updated: 2016-04-07

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