Rajani Naidoo is Professor and Director of the International Centre for Higher Education Management, School of Management, University of Bath, UK. She sits on the editorial board of numerous journals and is on the research and development steering committee of the European Foundation for Management Development. Her research interests include new forms of imperialism in higher education and the transformation of higher education into a global commodity; higher education for global wellbeing and the changing nature and conditions of the academic profession.
Competition has colonised our world. Everywhere we go and every step we take, we hear the siren call of competition. Higher education, too, is trapped in a competition fetish. A fetish is the belief in something having...