KTH/CESIS Working Paper Series in Economics and Institutions of Innovation
Trust and Universities: Management of Research and Education under Changing Knowledge Regimes
Abstract: More explicitly than before, universities have become
instruments of industrial and economic growth policies. This has led to an
increase in accountability regimes and in the application of the so called
New Public Management on universities hitherto governed by a Humboldtian,
Weberian, or Mertonian norms and a high degree of internal freedom and
autonomy. This paper reviews some of the literature on these phenomena and
analyzes critically some of the positions taken. It is concluded that while
there is arguably a considerable change in governance going on in Western
university systems, the change is far from altering the academic ethos.
Still, it is argued, institutional norms should also be defended, which
could be achieved through differentiation of higher education and among
research performing institutions and organizations. An important virtue of
the university remains to deliver social value precisely because it is an
institution of credibility, criticism, and trust.
Keywords: University Governance; University Management; Higher Education Policy; Higher Education; Research Policy; University Licensing.; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: I21; I23; (follow links to similar papers)
20 pages, March 28, 2006
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