Learning to Compete in European Universities: From Social Institution to Knowledge Business

Learning to Compete in European Universities: From Social Institution to Knowledge Business

By: Magnus Holmen (editor), Maureen McKelvey (editor)Hardback

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This book addresses the critical issue of how and why European universities are changing and learning to compete. Anglo-Saxon universities particularly in the US, the UK and Australia have long been subject to, and responded to, market-based competition in higher education. The authors argue that Continental and Nordic universities and higher education institutes are now facing similar pressures that are leading to a structural transformation of the university sector. Four important themes are addressed, namely 'Emergent Strategies', 'Diversification and Specialization', 'Rethinking University-Industry Relations' and 'Reflections'. Contributors include Luke Georghiou writing about the merger between The Victoria University of Manchester and UMIST; Andrea Bonaccorsi writing about differentiation in higher education; and Maryann Feldman writing about American technology transfer.Thus, the book provides a timely and critical reflection on what happens, as European universities transform from government-funded social institutions to become knowledge businesses operating in a competitive regime. This volume will appeal to a broad audience of researchers, academics and policymakers with an interest in understanding the major transformations universities are currently undergoing. Regardless of whether one believes that increasing competition has positive or negative effects, the changes will undoubtedly affect both academics and students. These transformations will also influence the ability of nations to compete in the global knowledge society.

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Contents:1. IntroductionMaureen McKelvey and Magnus HolmenPART I: EMERGENT STRATEGY2. Exploring University Alliances and Comparable Academic Cooperation StructuresEnrico Deiaco, Ana M. Gren and Goran Melin3. Strategy to Join the Elite: Merger and the 2015 Agenda at the University of ManchesterLuke Georghiou4. Large-scale International Facilities within the Organization: Max Lab within Lund UniversityOlof Hallonsten and Mats BennerPART II: DIFFERENTIATION AND SPECIALIZATION 5. Division of Academic Labour is Limited by the Size of the Market: Strategy and Differentiation of Universities in the European LandscapeAndrea Bonaccorsi6. Polarization of the Swedish University Sector: Structural Characteristics and PositioningDaniel Ljungberg, Mattias Johansson and Maureen McKelveyPART III: RETHINKING UNIVERSITY-INDUSTRY RELATIONS7. The American Experience in University Technology Transfer Maryann Feldman and Shiri Breznitz8. Academic Patenting in Europe: Evidence on France, Italy and Sweden from the KEINS DatabaseFrancesco Lissoni, Patrick Llerena, Maureen McKelvey and Bulat Sanditov9. The Forgotten Individuals in the Commercialization of Science: Attitudes and Skills in Academic Commercialization in SwedenMats Magnusson, Maureen McKelvey and Matteo Versiglioni10. Elite European Research Universities and the R&D Subsidiaries of MNEsAnders Brostrom, Maureen McKelvey and Christian SandstromPART IV: REFLECTIONS 11. Running the MarathonWilliam Cowan, Robin Cowan and Patrick Llerena12. What Does it Mean Conceptually that Universities Compete? Enrico Deiaco, Magnus Holmen and Maureen McKelvey13. From Social Institution to Knowledge BusinessEnrico Deiaco, Magnus Holmen and Maureen McKelvey

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  • publication date: 01/02/2009
  • ISBN13: 9781848440012
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 432
  • ID: 9781848440012
  • ISBN10: 1848440014

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