Collaboration, Communities and Competition

International Perspectives from the Academy

  • Samuel Dent
  • Laura Lane
  • Tony Strike

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Macro (System-Level Collaboration)

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Tony Strike
      Pages 3-13
    3. Ellen Carm, Tone Horntvedt
      Pages 15-29
    4. Petya Ilieva-Trichkova
      Pages 31-49
    5. Andrew Moulton, Yolande Mcnicoll, Anthony Luff
      Pages 73-89
  3. Meso (Community and Pedagogical Collaboration)

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 91-91
    2. Samuel Dent
      Pages 93-106
    3. Eilef J. Gard, Carl Cato Wadel
      Pages 107-123
    4. Sónia Cardoso, Maria João Rosa, Pedro Videira
      Pages 125-142
  4. Micro (The Place of the Learner)

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 169-169
    2. Laura Lane
      Pages 171-178
    3. Maria Del Carmen Calatrava Moreno, Mary Ann Danowitz
      Pages 179-193
    4. Oliver Vettori, Johanna Warm
      Pages 195-203
    5. Anette Gröjer, Inger Wikström Öbrand
      Pages 205-218
    6. Anthony Luff, Belinda Kennedy, Julianne Reid
      Pages 219-234
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 215-215

About this book


Higher Education providers face enormous challenges in an increasingly competitive and globalised environment. It is perhaps obvious to those engaged in teaching and research that academia is both a competitive and a collaborative endeavour. Many national systems now assume in their legal or governance frameworks competitive rather than co-operative behaviour and increasingly regulate based on that assumption. Institutional leaders and educators wrestle with the issues around the commoditisation of learning and the pressure to treat students as customers. In tandem, students themselves are experiencing cuts in public financing and a transfer of the cost burden to them as the perceived private beneficiaries of a product. This book asks whether there is an alternative approach to this now transnational competitive logic. Can collaboration and partnership (re-)emerge as an antidote to the consumerist and competitive approaches taken by governments toward regulating their higher education systems? The question of competition, collaboration and community is addressed here at three levels of analysis. The macro-level or the international system level, observes competition and collaboration between countries and between institutions. The meso-level, includes competition and collaboration between academics and students, and at inter- and intra-disciplinary levels across organisational boundaries. Finally, competition and collaboration at the micro-level considers the interface between individual academics, and between academics and students as learners.


Competition Collaboration Governance Marketisation Students

Editors and affiliations

  • Samuel Dent
    • 1
  • Laura Lane
    • 2
  • Tony Strike
    • 3
  1. 1.University of SheffieldUK
  2. 2.University of SheffieldUK
  3. 3.University of SheffieldUK

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information SensePublishers-Rotterdam, The Netherlands 2017
  • Publisher Name SensePublishers, Rotterdam
  • eBook Packages Education
  • Online ISBN 978-94-6351-122-3
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