Change happens, and in the academic world it’s crucial for institutions to collaborate for a better future. Charles Heckscher of Rutgers University and Carlos Martin-Rios of the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid published “Looking Back, Moving Forward: Toward Collaborative Universities” in the January 2013 issue of the Journal of Management Inquiry. The abstract:
Research universities and faculty face challenges to the very foundations of their legitimacy. Although many factors contribute to these strains, we focus on the organization and culture of universities to suggest that academicians need to rethink their age-old organizing norms to avoid outside pressures for more bureaucratic control that ostensibly seeks to improve institutional efficiency and responsiveness. We contend that these pressures, which are not beneficial for scholars, can only be avoided by opening universities to a wider range of stakeholders and by adopting more collaborative organizational practices. We offer a few reasonable suggestions for such changes.