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Contract Systems, Bureaucracies, and Faculty Motivation: The Probable Effects of a No-Tenure Policy

James L. Bess
The Journal of Higher Education
Vol. 69, No. 1 (Jan. - Feb., 1998), pp. 1-22
DOI: 10.2307/2649180
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2649180
Page Count: 22
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Contract Systems, Bureaucracies, and Faculty Motivation: The Probable Effects of a No-Tenure Policy
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Abstract

The apparently ineluctable movement in higher education from tenure-based employment systems to short-term contracts portends significant and deleterious changes in institutional cultures, faculty motivation, and faculty productivity. This article analyzes the motivational functions of tenure and reveals how contracts and associated bureaucracies will negatively affect faculty work.

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