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Resilient Universities

Confronting Changes in a Challenging World

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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Resilience is ostensibly acknowledged as a cross-disciplinary issue, yet resilience analysis has seldom been applied to understand universities and the academic world. Indeed, this book aims to compensate for such theo- retical and empirical scarcity. The title for the collection of contributions ref lects our best desire to stretch debates in new directions and to assemble a fresh set of models and tools for thinking about resilient universities. Bringing together a range of domain experts, this book marks a novel departure within the social sciences and, we hope, acts as a first step towards establishing a holistic approach to future university governance and adaptation. It all started in Warsaw in August 2011. The Organizing Committee for the European Association for Institutional Research 2012 conference to be held in Stavanger, Norway, decided to push for a publication on the deep changes that confronted European universities. The Committee nominated Jan Erik Karlsen and Rosalind M.O. Pritchard to compile contributions and edit the book. As editors we owe the committee members, Ingvild Marheim Larsen, Ole-Jacob Skodvin, Janis Stonis, Jannecke Wiers-Jensen and Dag Gjerløw Aasland, many thanks for their initial support and enthusiasm. The authors who have contributed to this text have been generous with their time and thoughts. Some of the chapters are elaborated and extended ver- sions originating from the European Association for Institutional Research 2012 Stavanger conference, but most contributions are written exclusively for this publication. The authors, who come from dif ferent countries and many walks of life, have...

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