Leading the horses to water: The dilemmas of academics and university managers in regional engagement

Gunasekara, Chrys (2006) Leading the horses to water: The dilemmas of academics and university managers in regional engagement. Journal of Sociology, 42(2), pp. 145-163.

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Since the 1960s, Australian universities have come to be regarded as important enablers, even drivers, of regional development. This has been accompanied by the renewal of their third mission in regional engagement. Theorization of this development has neglected the individual level of analysis, tending to focus on the institutional level. This article draws on interviews with academic staff and managers in four Australian regional universities to discuss some of the dilemmas faced by academics and managers as they seek to make sense of regional engagement. These are labelled institutional, policy and individual identity dilemmas. These experiences carry implications for the management of engagement initiatives in universities and for policy-makers who seek to foster stronger links between regional universities and their proximate spaces.

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ID Code: 8435
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: For more information, please refer to the journal's website (see hypertext link) or contact the author.
Author contact details: c.gunasekara@qut.edu.au
Keywords: academic identities, dilemmas, regional engagement, universities, HERN
DOI: 10.1177/1440783306064950
ISSN: 1440-7833
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 Sage Publications
Deposited On: 03 Jul 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2015 00:24

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