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Resilient Universities

Confronting Changes in a Challenging World

Edited By Jan Erik Karlsen and Rosalind Pritchard

Resilience is ostensibly acknowledged as a cross-disciplinary issue, yet resilience analysis has seldom been applied to the understanding of universities and the academic world. The contributions to this volume aim to fill this gap through the presentation of both theoretical and empirical studies.
The book’s title reflects the desire to extend the debate in new directions and to assemble a fresh set of models and tools for thinking about resilient universities. Bringing together a range of experts in the field, this collection marks a novel departure within the social sciences and is intended to act as a first step towards establishing a holistic approach to future university governance and adaptation.
Today’s European universities are confronted by profound changes. This book constitutes an accessibly written, polemical and bold exploration of how current crises facing higher education institutions could be more effectively addressed by institutional resilience and new forms of adaptive, future oriented governance.


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Preface ix List of Figures xi List of Tables xiii List of Abbreviations xv Jan Erik Karlsen and Rosalind M.O. Pritchard 1 Resilience – The Ability to Adapt 1 Jan Erik Karlsen 2 Reframing University Adaptation 17 Ellen Hazelkorn 3 Higher Education’s Future: A New Global Order? 53 Jouni Kekäle 4 Megatrends Af fecting Resilient Universities in Europe 91 Rosalind M.O. Pritchard 5 Higher Education in a Competitive World: The New British Regime 115 Stig A. Selmer-Anderssen 6 Robustness in Organized Anarchies: Ef ficient Composting in the Organizational Garbage Cans? 149 viii Lise Degn 7 Making Sense of Management: A Study of Department Heads’ Sensemaking Processes in a Changing Environment 191 Celia Whitchurch and George Gordon 8 Universities Responding to Change: Implications for Roles and Staf fing Practices 213 Maria Hinfelaar and Michael O’Connell 9 Shall We Dance? Dynamic Collaborations, Alliances and Mergers in the Shifting Irish Higher Education Landscape 239 Pål Bakken and Ingrid Storm 10 Academic Drift and Diversity: Institutional Dynamics in Norwegian Higher Education 261 Matthias Klumpp 11 Higher Education Ef ficiency: Questions, Methods, Results and Implications 283 Carmen Pérez-Esparrells and Eva M. Torre 12 Fundraising in European Higher Education Institutions: A Strategy for University Enhancement 323 Jan Erik Karlsen 13 Backcasting European University Governance 2042+ 349 Gudmund Hernes 14 Super-Resilient Organizations 381 Notes on Contributors 403 Index 405

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