Balancing academic advancement with business effectiveness? The dual role for senior university leaders

Drew, Glenys M. (2006) Balancing academic advancement with business effectiveness? The dual role for senior university leaders. International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management, 6(4), pp. 117-125.

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Competing pressures have served to make universities increasingly complex organisations. Universities worldwide have been required to rely less on a “knowledge for knowledge’s sake” ethos to embrace a more “applied” or “user led” focus in an environment of mass education, decreased government funding and greater reliance upon collaboration with industry for funding of research and development. Concomitantly increasing administrative reporting and accreditation requirements see universities globally caught between the worlds of “Academe” and “business”. The question is how do universities build and maintain academic rigour while managing increasing internal and external accountabilities? How will the institution span its different “worlds” in the “unknown future” of the 21st century? Moreover, how are prepared are universities and education/knowledge organisations for the unprecedented age-related attrition which might be anticipated over the next five to ten years? This paper reviews literature and some evidence from the practice relating to management and leadership in university and knowledge environments. It scans external factors which might influence succession planning in leadership at a time when building leadership strength and safeguarding knowledge appears to be vital. The paper notes researched trends from data on perceptions of the practice of leading and managing in university and education/knowledge organisations and suggests some ways to harness organisational complexity positively to plan for a buoyant future.

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ID Code: 17146
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: The contents of this journal can be freely accessed online via the journal’s web page (see hypertext link).
Keywords: Universities, Academic, Succession Leadership, Feedback, HERN
ISSN: 1447-9524
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 (this paper), the author
Copyright 2006 (selection and editorial matter) Common Ground
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Deposited On: 07 Jan 2009 00:59
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