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ERIC Number: EJ783021
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Feb
Pages: 30
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 105
ISSN: ISSN-0195-6744
Toward a Theory of the University: Mapping the American Research University in Space and Time
Robbins, Jane
American Journal of Education, v114 n2 p243-272 Feb 2008
Universities are increasingly characterized as businesses, and higher education as an industry. Yet there has been little empirical work to support claims of growing corporatization--and no theoretical basis offered to test them. To motivate research and discussion from a cross-disciplinary perspective, I examine three analogies for the university--business, state agent, and quasi-state--by evaluating the history of higher education in light of the theory of the firm and the theory of the state. I draw conclusions about the viability of each construction of the university, including leadership implications of the strongest theoretical possibility, and suggest further multidisciplinary research. (Contains 4 figures and 17 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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