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Changing Governance and Management in Higher Education

The Perspectives of the Academy

  • William Locke
  • William K. Cummings
  • Donald Fisher


  • First widely available publication of findings from the international study of "Changing Academic Profession"

  • Presents the results of an impressive survey led in many different countries

  • Completes the current literature by focussing on an academic perspective

  • Strong empirically-based comparative analysis of a common survey in 14 countries in the same twelve month period


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. William K. Cummings, Donald Fisher, William Locke
    Pages 1-16
  3. Emergent Higher Education Systems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 17-17
    2. Norberto Fernández Lamarra, Mónica Marquina, Gabriel Rebello
      Pages 19-33
    3. Jesús Francisco Galaz-Fontes, Juan José Sevilla-García, Laura Elena Padilla-González, José Luis Arcos-Vega, Manuel Gil-Antón, Jorge Martínez-Stack
      Pages 57-81
    4. Norzaini Azman, Muhammad Jantan, Morshidi Sirat
      Pages 83-105
  4. Mature Higher Education Systems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 127-127
    2. Hamish Coates, Ian R. Dobson, Leo Goedegebuure, V. Lynn Meek
      Pages 129-149
    3. Amy Scott Metcalfe, Donald Fisher, Yves Gingras, Glen A. Jones, Kjell Rubenson, Iain Snee
      Pages 151-174
    4. William Locke, Alice Bennion
      Pages 175-197
    5. Martin Finkelstein, Ming Ju, William K. Cummings
      Pages 199-222
    6. Timo Aarrevaara, Ian R. Dobson, Elias Pekkola
      Pages 243-262
    7. Gerard Postiglione, Wang Shiru
      Pages 343-368
    8. William Locke, William K. Cummings, Donald Fisher
      Pages 369-379

About this book


External drivers are pressing for a more privatized approach to higher education and research, a greater reliance on technology and the more efficient use of resources. But many academics perceive these changes to be imposed from above with little consultation and an inadequate consideration of the beliefs and values that have traditionally guided academic work. The tensions between academic beliefs and contemporary drivers is more evident in certain national systems than in others, and within each system the tension raises particular issues. This book provides a framework for the analysis of recent changes in institutional governance and management in higher education and their impact on the academy and academic work globally. It pinpoints, as far as possible, the areas where recent change is perceived positively and negatively by academics themselves.

 Changing Governance and Management in Higher Education: The Perspectives of the Academy draws on the findings of an international study based on a common survey of academics in eighteen countries across five continents. The book opens with a chapter outlining the key issues, drivers and challenges that inform contemporary discourse around academic work and the profession in general. It then focuses primarily on national case studies, comparing changes in the top tier with the lower tiers of national systems, public and private institutions, and other differentiating factors as appropriate in each country, which include both mature and emerging higher education systems. The book concludes by proposing a series of generalizations about the contemporary status of governance and management of institutions of higher education. 


Argentina Australia Brazil Canada Germany Hong Kong Malaysia Manuel Gil-Anton Mexico South Africa South Korea academic beliefs academic profession academics change emerging economies governance higher education higher education systems management national case studies national systems private institutions public

Editors and affiliations

  • William Locke
    • 1
  • William K. Cummings
    • 2
  • Donald Fisher
    • 3
  1. 1.BristolUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.International Education ProgramWashingtonUSA
  3. 3.VancouverCanada

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From the book reviews:

“This edited volume received the Best Book Award from the Higher Education Special Interest Group (HESIG) of the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) in 2012. … this is an excellent resource for research about the international professoriate and for academics interested in the comparative study of higher education systems. … It should be an essential addition to the libraries of colleges and universities around the world as well as the resource collection of serious scholars of the academic profession.” (John C. Weidman, Higher Education, Vol. 68, 2014)