Australian academics are satisfied with their jobs as academics but are critical of the management of their universities, according to this report. They are particularly critical of top-down management styles, cumbersome administrative processes and inadequate internal communication systems.
The study is the largest ever of its kind, being part of an international comparative project across some 20 countries, namely Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China/Hong Kong, Finland, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, The Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Russia, South Africa, United Kingdom, United States of America and Venezuela. It is a follow-up to the early 1990s project carried out under the auspices of the US Carnegie Foundation of which Australia was a part. Some 1,250 academics from 21 institutions participated in the on-line survey conducted in late 2007.