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Revista iberoamericana de educación superior

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OCAMPO-GOMEZ, Elizabeth; JIMENEZ-GARCIA, Silvia  and  PALACIOS-RAMIREZ, Lilia. The fragmented researcher: conflicts and tensions derived from the diversification of his workload. Rev. iberoam. educ. super [online]. 2020, vol.11, n.30, pp.41-56.  Epub June 15, 2020. ISSN 2007-2872.

The policy of diversification of the researchers’ workload established during the 1990s gave rise to actions aimed at the formation of networks and academic bodies, the introduction of the concept of balanced performance profile, and the beginning of programs to stimulate academic performance. But it was also a policy that increased labor demands by transforming academic work. This article analyzes how the functions of researchers have diversified, the role played by incentive programs, and the way in which both researchers and members of the spaces in which they work have responded to the modifications. The article offers a contribution to university organizational studies by helping us to understand how the nature of the figures, their roles and functions change, together with the university that hosts them. It illustrates some of the dilemmas faced by researchers as a result of the implementation of financial policies driven by mechanisms of evaluation, measurement and reward.

Keywords : universities; researchers; academic performance; regulations; economic incentives; Universidad Veracruzana; Mexico.

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