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Creating Entrepreneurial Universities: Organizational Pathways of Transformation Vol: 12

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09 Apr 1998
Emerald Group Publishing Limited
180 pages - 156 x 234 x 9mm
Issues in Higher Education


Based on field research carried out over a two year period, this book describes processes of transformation that took place over a fifteen year period in five European universities. Five common features identified - described as "organizational pathways of transformation" - are highlighted and used to frame the case-study accounts. These pathways consist of: a strengthened steering core; an extended developmental periphery; a diversified funding base; a stimulated academic heartland; and an entrepreneurial culture. Taken together, these elements help universities overcome the growing imbalance between environmental demands and university capacity to respond that is now occurring in universities internationally. As universities come under greater pressure to change their traditional character and become more innovative and entrepreneurial, the successful implementation of new managerial perspectives is important if they are to succeed. Reconciling these changes with traditional academic values provide the concepts on which the case studies are based.
Chapter and section headings: List of Tables. Acknowledgments. Introduction. Pathways of Transformation. Entrepreneurial Pathways of University Transformation. Case Studies of European Innovative Universities. The Warwick Way: Transformation in an English Research University. The Twente Response: Construction of a Dutch Entrepreneurial University. The Strathclyde Phenomenon: Organizational Assertion of Useful Learning in Scotland. The Chalmers Thrust: Entrepreneurial Autonomy in the Swedish University System. The Joensuu Reform: Piloting Decentralized Control in Finnish Universities. University Transformation. The Problem of University Transformation. References. Index.

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