What Does it Mean Conceptually that Universities Compete?
Book chapter, 2009

This chapter asks what competition may mean for universities and other higher education institutions. The modern rhetoric states that universities compete but is hardly very precise in formulating what this entails. This chapter describes an evolutionary economics and innovation management perspective for understanding international trends and the responses of specific universities, but also comments upon the limits to such competition as regulated by government, laws etc. The chapter portrays universities as knowledge based service providers with a set of different stakeholders (students, firms, governments). From a selection perspective, the chapter analyses what type of outputs these stakeholders are interested in and what metrics there are in terms of assessing these outputs. This analysis is conducted in terms of characteristics of the university sectors in terms of value, resources and appropriation for education, research and ‘innovation’. This chapter thus addresses what competition and transformation mean for universities, focusing on universities within a global sector providing knowledge-based services.

knowledge-based services

university competition

university sector

Author

Enrico Deiaco

Magnus Holmén

Tomas McKelvey

University of Gothenburg

McKelvey, M. and M. Holmén (2009). Learning to Compete European Universities: From Social Institutions to Knowledge Business

Subject Categories

Business Administration

ISBN

9781848440012

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12/13/2018