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Knowledge Production in European Universities

States, Markets, and Academic Entrepreneurialism


Marek Kwiek

The book studies transformations of European universities in the context of globalization and Europeanization, the questioning of the foundations of the «Golden Age» of the Keynesian welfare state, public sector reforms, demographic changes, the massification and diversification of higher education, and the emergence of knowledge economies. Such phenomena as academic entrepreneurialism and diversified channels of knowledge exchange in European universities are linked to transformations of the state and changes in public sector services. The first, contextual part of the book studies the changing state/university relationships, and the second, empirically-informed part draws from several recent large-scale comparative European research projects.


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What is needed to complete successfully a book project in higher education research is the openness of the home institution and the institutions studied, the generosity of research funding organizations, and the kindness of collaborators and partners, academics and administrators, researchers and policymakers. I was lucky to have it all, right in time, just when I needed it. Throughout the process of writing this book, I have accumulated massive intellectual and logistical debts. I am very grateful to people and institutions, in Poland and abroad. I am grateful to the Polish and international sponsors of my research, my home institution (University of Poznań) and academics and administrators from all European universities with which I was collaborating over the last few years. I owe a debt of gratitude to dozens of European and North American academics with whom I was collaborating within international research projects. The research projects led to first versions of papers which subsequently were reworked and found their ways to the present book. I am grateful to editors and reviewers of journals and collected volumes in which parts of this book were published, several dozens of colleagues and partners in common international research projects and their coordinators, the organizers of workshops, seminars, and conferences, several dozens of ministers, rectors and deans from about fifteen countries which were taken into account in this book (or in which I was involved in various policy projects and higher education reform initiatives). The book draws intellectually, directly and indirectly, from a number...

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