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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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Figure 2.1 The Governance Triangle 27 Figure 2.2 Typology of Institutional Changes 29 Figure 2.3 Characteristics of Good Governance 37 Figure 2.4 Resilience, Anticipation and Mindfulness 40 Figure 2.5 A Conceptual Model of Future University Adaptation 47 Figure 6.1 The Overlap Model 170 Figure 6.2 Organizational Resilience Theoretical Framework 174 Figure 6.3 The Three Decision Structures in the Garbage Can Model 184–185 Figure 10.1 Proportion of the Total Student Population in Each Institutional Category 275 Figure 11.1 Comparison of Performance and Productivity Measurement Schemes 289 Figure 11.2 Ef ficiency-THE-Score Matrix 296 Figure 11.3 Ef ficiency-THE-Position Matrix 298 Figure 11.4 Graduate Number-Cost-Relation 300 Figure 11.5 Ef ficiency-Volume-Relation (Assumption) 302 Figure 11.6 DEA Frontier Graph – CCR and BBC Model 312 Figure 13.1 The ‘Greek Triangle’ 355 Figure 13.2 Principal Ways of Linking Present and Future 357 Figure 13.3 Backcasting the Vision 2042+ 358 Figure 13.4 University Conceptual Model 2042+ 366

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