Publication and performativity

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Changing publication patterns among Hong Kong academics need to be understood by reference to the forces and effects of performativity and the audit culture. At a system and institutional level the research assessment exercise, based on a UK framework and first introduced in Hong Kong in 1993, has played a significant role in altering patterns of publication among individual academics. These may be analysed in terms of four performative effects - a loss of trust, the distortion of patterns of behaviour, the invisibility of non-audited elements of practice, and the punishment of non-compliance. However, these effects have also occurred in other higher education systems subject to research audit exercises and are further influenced by broader international trends including the unbundling of the academic profession and the growth of scientometrics in evaluating publication performance.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Changing Academic Profession in Hong Kong
PublisherSpringer International Publishing AG
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-56789-1
Publication statusPublished - 10 May 2017

Publication series

NameInternational Comparative Perspective

Structured keywords

  • SoE Centre for Higher Education Transformations


  • publication
  • performativity
  • Hong Kong

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