Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Translating bureaucratic jargon

To support the move to online mode, an extensive communication and change management process is being developed in consultation with stakeholders and UQ-wide communities
I had to read this several times. Does this mean "we are going to tell everyone concerned what is happening" ?

On a related note, in the Times Higher Education Supplement there is a provocative article A very Stalinist management model that compares current practices in UK universities to those in Stalin's Russia. The author, Craig Brandist is Professor of cultural theory and intellectual history in the Department of Russian and Slavonic studies within the University of Sheffield. In the print edition the article title was "My Rallies of Endeavour Will Ensure the Impact Our Dear Leaders Desire." 

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