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Performance in neo-liberal doctorates: the making of academics

Performance in neo-liberal doctorates: the making of academics This study aims to better understand how academics-in-the-making construe doctoral performance and the impacts of this construal on their positioning in relation to doctoral performance expectations.Design/methodology/approachThis study is based on 25 semi-structured interviews with PhD students from Canadian, Dutch, Scottish and Australian business schools.FindingsBased on Decoteau’s (2016) concept of reflexive habitus, this study highlights how doctoral students’ construal is influenced by their previous experiences and by expectations from other adjacent fields in which they simultaneously gravitate. This leads them to adopt a position oscillating between resistance and compliance in relation to their understanding of doctoral performance expectations promoted in the academic field.Research limitations/implicationsThe concept of reflexivity, as understood by Decoteau (2016), is found to be pivotal when an individual integrates into a new field.Practical implicationsThis study encourages business schools to review expectations regarding doctoral performance. These expectations should be clear, but they should also leave room for PhD students to preserve their academic aspirations.Originality/valueIt is beneficial to empirically clarify the influence of performance expectations in academia on the reflexivity of PhD students, as the majority of studies exploring this topic mainly leverage auto-ethnographic data. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Qualitative Research in Accounting & Management Emerald Publishing

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
© Emerald Publishing Limited
ISSN
1176-6093
DOI
10.1108/qram-11-2019-0127
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Abstract

This study aims to better understand how academics-in-the-making construe doctoral performance and the impacts of this construal on their positioning in relation to doctoral performance expectations.Design/methodology/approachThis study is based on 25 semi-structured interviews with PhD students from Canadian, Dutch, Scottish and Australian business schools.FindingsBased on Decoteau’s (2016) concept of reflexive habitus, this study highlights how doctoral students’ construal is influenced by their previous experiences and by expectations from other adjacent fields in which they simultaneously gravitate. This leads them to adopt a position oscillating between resistance and compliance in relation to their understanding of doctoral performance expectations promoted in the academic field.Research limitations/implicationsThe concept of reflexivity, as understood by Decoteau (2016), is found to be pivotal when an individual integrates into a new field.Practical implicationsThis study encourages business schools to review expectations regarding doctoral performance. These expectations should be clear, but they should also leave room for PhD students to preserve their academic aspirations.Originality/valueIt is beneficial to empirically clarify the influence of performance expectations in academia on the reflexivity of PhD students, as the majority of studies exploring this topic mainly leverage auto-ethnographic data.

Journal

Qualitative Research in Accounting & ManagementEmerald Publishing

Published: Jul 8, 2020

Keywords: Academia; Reflexivity; Doctoral students; Doctoral performance

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