From the 13-15th July 2016 I attended the Higher Education Conference (HEC) in Amsterdam.
The topic of the HEC was the Scholarship of Learning, Teaching and Organizing. Particular purpose of this conference was to unite the macro, meso and micro levels of higher education research and to promote a more holistic perspective on higher education. This is due to the fact that universities are confronted with several developments, challenges and problems these days, such as transparency, accountability and massification, that span different levels.
Several researchers from different disciplines and countries contributed to the conference and presented interesting and challenging findings across a broad area of subthemes, covering “Academic Competencies & Identities”, “Innovation & Space”, “Internationalization & Performance” or “Evaluation & Assessment”.
I presented the paper “How innovative are editors? Evidence across journals and disciplines” and received some valuable feedback for further development.
All in all, it was an interesting conference located at a nice city. For the future, the aim is to organize a HEC every two years. Therefore, proposals and ideas for a sequel are very welcome. For more information, please have a look on the homepage.
From the 6th-8th April 2016 Jetta Frost, Rick Vogel, Fabian Hattke, Jessica Petersen and me attended the 32nd Colloquium of the European Group for Organization Studies (EGOS) in Naples titled “Organizing in the Shadow of Power”.
Several manifestations and outcomes of “Power over modern universities” stood in the focus of our conference track. We were provided with interesting research on topics like stakeholder salience in academia, performance metrics or academic freedom. Our papers “Performance indicators in academic research: Do they improve performance?”, “How innovative are editors? Evidence across journals and disciplines”, and “Governance and leadership in universities: Taken-for-granted practices and hidden tactics” were presented by other higher education researchers and gained positive and constructive feedback.
On the whole it was an inspiring conference with interesting discussions. Aside from the conference the power of the sun brought us a hot time in a beautiful city. We are looking forward to next year’s EGOS colloquium in Copenhagen about “The Good Organization –Aspirations, Interventions, Struggles”.
We would like to inform you about a recent call for papers. The Journal for Higher Education Development (“ZFHE Zeitschrift für Hochschulentwicklung”) is a journal offering (at least) one English issue every year. Next year’s second issue is on the topic of “Structuring Doctoral Education”. It is edited by Alexandra Bitusikova (Matej Bel University), Lucy Johnson (University of Newcastle), Brigitte Lehmann (Humboldt Graduate School in Berlin), Rebekah Smith McGloin (University of Coventry) und Lucas Zinner (University of Vienna). The submission deadline for your empirical or conceptual contribution is October 28th, 2016; the publication is planned for June 2017. Please find the call online at http://www.zfhe.at/index.php/zfhe.
If you have any questions regarding the content of the issue, please do not hesitate to contact Lucas Zinner (firstname.lastname@example.org). For technical and organizational questions, please contact email@example.com.