This invaluable source book offers guidance, support and advice for those contemplating or involved in academic careers. The contributions provide rich, personal, sometimes poignant and often humorous accounts of shared and unique experiences of those in the world of academia.
Working with other people in intensive ways has always been part of our academic lives. Bob began as part of the Aston team, and the experience was a very positive one (for descriptions of the workings of the Aston team, see Pugh, 1988; Pugh & Hickson, 1976; Pugh & Hinings, 1977). This was followed by the strategic contingencies theory of power team (for thoughts on the workings of the Alberta team, see Hickson, 1988), a team to study church structures and career patterns, and, in 1972, the beginnings of collaboration with Royston. Royston started his career in the very collegial atmosphere of the Institute of Local Government Studies (ILGS), University of Birmingham, working with John Stewart on issues of management in ...