Managerialism and its impact on female academics in Taiwan
AbstractHigher education in Taiwan is undergoing dramatic changes. While the numbers of higher education institutions have doubled during the last decade, the low birth rates, Taiwan's entry into WTO, and limited resources mean universities in Taiwan are facing greater challenges than ever. Higher education institutions are given more autonomy, but they are also under more pressure to keep up with the international competition and standards. As a result, junior academics are particularly affected by these changes. The paper examines the impact of managerialism on female assistant professors in Taiwan. Twelve junior female academics have been interviewed to understand their experience at work, how they cope with the demand for performance, and their aspirations for the future.