Monthly Archives: April 2016

Impressions from the 11th Annual Conference of the German Association for Higher Education Research (GfHf)

From the 6th-8th April 2016 I attended  the 11th Annual Conference of the German Association for Higher Education Research (GfHf) in Munich. Several speakers presented interesting research findings  concerning new forms of governance in higher education. The subject Areas ranged from  governmental control of higher education institutions over  academic self-governance to competition in the field of higher education.

Hot topics in higher education research like Quality Management, Third Mission of higher education or University 2.0 were lighted from different disciplinary perspectives and triggered constructive discussions between practitioners and scholars.

I introduced the audience to our current research project “University governance: Hidden tactics in taken-for-granted practices? and gained some positive and inspiring feedback.

On the whole it was a inspiring conference!

INCHER-Kassel provides compilation of higher education journals and abstracts 2013 and 2014

The International Centre for Higher Education Research (INCHER) provides a useful information tool for researchers: a compilation of selected academic journals and abstracts in higher education research.

The recently published lists for 2013 and 2014 comprise 25 thematically relevant, especially international journals for higher education research as well as article titles, author names and abstracts for the volumes 2013 and 2014.

The compilations are provided annually and can be downloaded here.

CHESS Lecture with Barbara Sporn @ University of Zurich

On the 26th of May 2016 Barbara Sporn, professor of higher education management and former vice director of the Vienna University of Economics and Business, will hold a lecture titled «Die Universität zwischen Wirtschaftsrelevanz und Gesellschaftskritik: Erfahrungen aus Theorie und Praxis» at the University of Zurich. In this CHESS lecture she sheds light on the role of universities in nowadays society. Discussant is Prof. Dr. Antonio Loprieno, former director of the University of Basel.

The Lecture takes place  in Room KOL F 101 18.00 – 20.00 Uhr at the University of Zurich central.

IndiKon @ IRSPM in Hong Kong

We’ve presented our study on “Performance Indicators in Academic Research”, asking “Do they Improve Performance?” at the 20th Annual Conference of the International Research Society for Public Management in Hong Kong. We had the chance to discuss our study in a PMRA-sponsored panel. Our empirical findings’ implications that “after a thorough selection of researchers, the best way to enhance academic performance is to grant them autonomy and to govern them by expertise rather than by performance appraisals” activated great consent. Besides the conference, the journey was an intense and enriching cultural experience. We’re looking forward to next year’s conference in Budapest.

Short Impression from the 12th Workshop on New Institutionalism

The 12th Workshop on New Institutionalism in Organization Theory took place in the picturesque city of Lucerne, Switzerland, on 31/03 and 01/04/16. A good share of the presented papers was on higher education organizations, which indicates again that new institutionalism is among the most vital theoretical perspectives in our field.

Jelena Brankovic presented an interesting piece on the emergence of ‘elite’ university associations, such as the Russell Group in UK or the German U15. If this trend continues, soon few universities will be left that are not excellent. But if all universities are excellent, none is.