Rosemary Deem – The 21st century University – Dilemmas of Leadership and Organisational Futures

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Event Date: 11 February 2010
Windsor Main Auditorium –  18:00

speaker_RosemaryDeemRosemary Deem, Professor of Higher Education Management and Dean of History and Social Sciences at Royal Holloway
The 21st century University – dilemmas of leadership and organisational futures

Conceptions of the purposes and roles of universities have been a source of debate for hundreds of years, but in the twenty-first century, the world-wide expansion of higher education systems, the pressures of globalisation, competition for overseas students, international league tables and pressure on both public and private funding of universities have led to fresh questioning about how they are to be funded, what they should be doing and for whom.
Notions about whether universities should be part of the public sphere or the private sector have also fed into this debate, as higher education institutions have increasingly been permeated by both markets (for students, for knowledge and academics) and financial constraints. The traditional missions of research and teaching have been joined by new requirements for entrepreneurial and public engagement activities. Professor Deem’s lecture will also consider the ways in which new conceptions of the purposes of universities could lead to reshaping of the organisational structures and cultures of higher education institutions. In so doing, the lecture will draw on recent research about leadership of public service organisations and the management of universities, as well as the lecturer’s own biographical insights into life as an manager-academic.

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