The sum of the parts

3 February 2010
“The biggest problem facing universities is that the management hate the academics and academics hate the management.” This is what a professor told Andy Davies shortly before he took up his post as director of the London Universities Purchasing Consortium. Writing in the latest issue of SM, Davies says UK universities will only be able to make the drastic cost cuts required of them if academics and management – in this case, buyers – work together. He says professional conflicts have long since existed in all parts of the public service – police, social care, health, education and so on – yet he was still struck by the uncomfortable co-existence of the two when he joined. What is your experience of this? Is the same true outside of the UK? What are your suggestions for synergistic co-existence?
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