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  • Mike Geppert
  • Graham Hollinshead
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Original languageEnglish
Number of pages15
Pages (from-to)136-150
JournalCritical Perspectives on International Business
Journal publication date2 May 2017
StatePublished - 2 May 2017



Our paper has been written in the style of a provocative essay. It starts with the observation that neo-liberalism has become the leading “policy doctrine” in Higher Education (HE) systems across the globe. This has put increasing systemic political and economic pressure on many universities which not only undermine but also “colonize” the Lebenswelt or “lifeworld” (Habermas, 1987) of academics.


Our essay draws on concrete empirical examples based on our subjective experiences within the higher educational sector and secondary sources.


We are going to highlight and illustrate how the increasing dominance of “neo-liberal science” principles (Lave et al., 2010) severely damage the quality of knowledge production and working conditions of ordinary academics in both national and international academic communities.

Practical implications

Our essay provides insights into the practical implications of the spread of “neo-liberal science” principles on the work and employment of academics.


We aim to trigger critical discussion concerning how emancipatory principles of teaching and research can be brought back into the Lebenswelt of academics in order to reverse some of the destructive effects to which our essay refers to.


This document is the Accepted Manuscript version of the following article: Mike Geppert, Graham Hollinshead, (2017) "Signs of Dystopia and Demoralization in global academia: Reflections on the precarious and destructive effects of the colonization of the Lebenswelt", Critical perspectives on international business, Vol. 13(2): 136-150, May 2017, doi: 10.1108/cpoib-07-2016-0026. Published by Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

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