Private corporations in Brazilian higher education: Implications of new organizational practices




private governance, higher education, new organizational practices, teaching work


This article analyzes the implications of the adopting the corporate governance model in Brazilian educational groups with actions on the stock exchange and how this form of management affects the teaching work. This documentary research adopted a critical perspective, and the data were treated in the light of content analysis. Our analysis verified that corporate governance presents a complex conjuncture, emerging in the educational arena with the purpose of assisting the owners of private higher education institutions in the accumulation of capital. The insertion of new organizational practices aims to increase the profit margins with less investment and in a short period. However, this way to the growth has direct implications in the professional and personal life of the professor, given that is linked to overexploitation of workers, reduction of salaries, and an increasing number of dismissals at the end of each academic semester. In this way, professors are working in an environment of instability and oppression.


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Author Biographies

Aline Veiga dos Santos, Universidade Católica de Brasília

Doutora em Educação pela Universidade Católica de Brasília (UCB-Brasil), com bolsa de estudo ofertada pelo governo do Canadá na University of Alberta (UofA-Canada) – Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program (ELAP).

Ranilce Guimarães-Iosif, University of Alberta

Doutora em Política Social pela Universidade de Brasília (UnB-Brasil). Program Officer, CODE, Canada Adjunct Assistant Professor with the Department of Educational Policy Studies, University of Alberta (Canadá).

Vera Lúcia Jacob Chaves, Universidade Federal do Pará

Doutora em Educação pela Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG-Brasil). Professora Associada IV do Programa de Pós-Graduação em Educação da Universidade Federal do Pará (Brasil). Pesquisadora produtividade do CNPq.



How to Cite

Santos, A. V. dos, Guimarães-Iosif, R., & Chaves, V. L. J. (2018). Private corporations in Brazilian higher education: Implications of new organizational practices. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 26, 136.



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