The corporatisation of higher education: A question of balance

Sanderson, Don M. & Watters, James J. (2006) The corporatisation of higher education: A question of balance. In Debowski, Shelda (Ed.) Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australia Annual conference, 10-12 July 2006, Perth, Western Australia.

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A number of observers of higher education are arguing that the recent changes in the sector indicate a ‘corporatisation’ of higher education and that this process of ‘corporatisation’ is eroding traditional values and practices thus altering the nature of higher education. According to organisational theorists, the culture of an organisation can offer clues about the functionality of an organisation. Indeed understanding the culture of an organisation might enable key stakeholders to foretell system failure, and hence save an organisation such as a university from going ‘pathological’. This paper presents part of an exploratory investigation into the organisational culture of an Australian university. The findings support the assertion that recent changes in the Australian higher education sector have seen universities move from a corporate-collegial model towards a corporate-mercantile model, thus compromising aspects of core functionality. It is argued here that if an organisation understands what its core business is, that is, its true nature, then a strong emphasis on that area should ensure system functionality.

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ID Code: 4772
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: No
Keywords: higher education, culture, competing values framework, HERN
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 10 Aug 2006 00:00
Last Modified: 26 Mar 2015 03:51

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