The Pursuit of Excellence: Can Academics Join the Dots
Organizational Aesthetics Cover Issue Vol. 5(2)


Academics Fuck Excellent

How to Cite

RuthD., WilsonS., & AlakavuklarO. (2016). The Pursuit of Excellence: Can Academics Join the Dots. Organizational Aesthetics, 5(2), 96-102. Retrieved from


The attached is a non-traditional seriously playful aesthetic (at least we claim it is) contribution to the debate on audit regimes allied to expectations of excellence. The departure point is the link between the research by Nick Butler and Sverre Spoelstra on academics' views of how they 'cope' with such demands and reports of increasing mental illness among academics.

The presentation is intended to provoke reflection on form and content. And here we note how difficult it has been to sustain our chosen form in the face of the online forms for submission to Organizational Aesthetics - of course. It pushes the boundary of conventions of language, authorship, editorial process (names have been obscured and changed but the process recorded is not fiction) and overall form.

Enough. As Isadore Duncan said, "If I could say it, I wouldn't have to dance it."