European Review, the journal of the Academia Europaea, just published our article “Governing Collective Action – the Impetus for University Commons”. The Academia Europaea is a European, non-governmental association acting as an academy. Together with the INCHER at Kassel and the Volkswagen Foundation, the Academia Europaea organized a conference on university governance in Hannover in 2016. European Review now published a special issue with all contributions. Our article discusses how different modes of governance facilitate or obstruct collective action in universities. Based on theories of public goods and the resource-based perspective, we develop the concept of university commons in order to analyse the challenges arising from the governance of collective action. We examine how to effectively balance collegial and managerial governance to create a sustainable portfolio of university commons.
This year’s EFMD Higher Education research conference will take place on 23-24 October 2017 in Leuven, Belgium. It will be hosted by KU Leuven.
- Track 1: Interdisciplinarity and the challenges for governance, incentive structures, faculty management, and autonomy/organisation of business schools and HEIs in general
- Track 2: Interdisciplinarity and its impact in management education and research
- Track 3: Innovations in management education and research
- EFMD-EDAMBA Track 4: We have a special EFMD-EDAMBA track for PhDs this year. EDAMBA is the European Doctoral Association in Management and Business Administration
Outline papers can be submitted until 30 April 2017.
Fur further informations take a look at the HERC2017_Call_4_Papers.
Please find attached a quite interesting CfP organised by the Higher Education Studies Team (HIEST) at the Finnish Institute for Educational Research in cooperation with CHER.
The topic is on universities as political institution – HEIs in the middle of academic, economic and social pressures. The conference will focus on multiple and often complex relations and relationships internal and external to higher education institutions.The conference aims to open up fresh perspectives to HEIs as political institutions consisting of a variety of conflicting definitions and practices on how to organise, plan, and implement academic and managerial decisions and processes.
The conference tracks will include the following: academic work and workers; leadership and management; teaching and learning; students – admission, experience and outcomes; HEIs in society.
Abstract submission and more information on the conference website ktl.jyu.fi/cher2017.
The call for proposals is open now, deadline is March 17th.
Dear PhD colleagues,
please find attached relevant information on a new relaunched summer school that will take place at the university of Jyväskylä in Finland!
The theme of this year summer school is research ethics and researchers’ social responsibility, understood in the broadest sense. The summer school addresses the big decisions faced by all PhD students in the course of their PhD: how to plan, execute and follow through a research project in an ethical manner.
The summer school provides PhD students an opportunity to present and get feedback on their own research as well as to meet senior researchers and other PhD students from the field of higher education research. The format of the summer school is based on students presenting their own papers, commenting on papers by other students and receiving feedback also from senior colleagues.
The deadline for the applications is 31st March 2017
Applicants will be notified of acceptance by 2nd of May 2017
The participants are asked to submit the full papers (3-5 pages) by 1st of August 2017
Time: 30th – 31st of August, 2017
For further information, please follow the link https://korkeakoulututkimus.fi/summerschool2017/
Isabel Bögner received the best paper award of the 19th Workshop Scientific Commission Higher Education Management, which took place on 21.& 22. February 2016 at the Helmut Schmidt University Hamburg. The paper with the title “Research puppies (un)chained – How the socialization of doctoral students contributes to the institutional stability of output-related performance indicators in academia.” illustrates how the relevance of output-related performance indicators influences the behavior of and cognitions of doctoral students and how these behaviors and cognitions in turn lead to the institutional stability of output-related performance indicators in academia. The award ceremony was the ending of an interesting and inspiring workshop.
On the 25th & 26th of January 2017 the conference „Leistungsbewertung in der Wissenschaft – Perspektiven aus Forschung, Praxis und Politik“ takes place at the Vorhoelzer Forum of the TU Munich.
Participants of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research funding line „Leistungsbewertung in der Wissenschaft“ will present results of their research projects. Scholars who are not part of the funding line can also submit presentations about research on topics like performance indicators, or digitalization and performance measurement. Keynotes will be held by Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Bruno Frey, Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Margit Osterloh, Prof. Dr. Stefan Kühl, Dr. Ulrich Schreiterer and Prof. Dr. Birgitta Wolff.
Abstracts (max. 1000 words) can be submitted until December 9th to email@example.com. For further informations take a look at the call for papers.
We’re co-hosting the upcoming conference of the Scientific Commission Higher Education Management (Wissenschaftliche Kommission Hochschulmanagement im VHB) on February 21-22, 2017 at the HSU Helmut Schmidt University in Hamburg.
Abstracts (max. 1000 words excluding references) of articles dealing with the management of higher education institutions can be submitted until December 23rd 2016. The main topic is “Third party funding in higher education”. But there is also the possibility to submit papers in other areas of interest, among them:
- New forms of governance of universities
- Measurability of research performance
- Open access, social media, and ctizen science
- Peer evaluation, performance indicators, and rankings
- Autonomy of science
For further information see the call for papers (only in German).
The closing conference of the program “Performances de la recherche en sciences humaines et sociales” takes place at the University of Bern from 3 – 4 November 2016.
The conference addresses topics such as impact and quality in research in the humanities and the social sciences, excellence in research and societal usefulness, conveying quality of research in political areas and preserving diversity of research in times of excellence categories and rankings. The closing conference presents the results of the program and opens the discussion. It is the conference’s aim to bring together researchers, project leaders and important stakeholders of the Swiss higher education landscape.
- Prof. Dr. Shalini Randeria, Rector of the Institute for Human Sciences (IWM) in Vienna and Research Director and Professor of Social Anthropology and Sociology at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID) in Geneva
- Prof. Dr. Peter Dahler-Larsen, Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen, former President of European Evaluation Society
The 12th Annual Conference of the German Association for Higher Education Research (GfHf) has announced its call for papers. The theme of the conference is “Digitalization of universities: Research, teaching, and administration”.
The conference will take place at the German Centre for Higher Education Research and Science Studies (DZHW) in Hanover from 30 – 31 April 2017.
The conference also explicitly welcomes contributions from disciplines beyond higher education and scientific research that address research questions in the context of digitalization in higher education and science systems. Exemplary relevant research questions can be found in the full call for papers.
Abstracts (max. 1,000 words) shall be submitted until 31 October 2016.
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.
we would like to inform you about the planned summer school in September 5-9 organized by the German Centre for Higher Education Research and Science Studies (DZHW) and the Institute of Sociology at the University of Hanover!
The summer school has the aim to understand the social mechanisms of career decisions
in academia. As conditions in academia are changing due to differentiation and increasing
stratification among higher education institutions, increasing competition for resources and evaluation of achievements, increasingly precarious working conditions and a declining proportion of full or associate professors positions in the academic labour market, a couple of questions arises: Who decides to stay in academia in spite of increasingly difficult career prospects? Are diversity management and equal opportunity programs in order to increase the career chances of women successful? What determines the chances of highly qualified people in the common labour market compared to academia? For which scientists are these drop-out options attractive? How are the chances to find a good job when after 12 or 15 years of work at a university or in research projects it becomes clear that a permanent position will not be available?
There will be a mix of theoretical and methodological contents, of analyses of the German academic labour market and international comparisons. Presenters and invited keynote speakers will be from German und international higher education research and science studies.
Please apply online and sumbmit your abstract by June 24, 2016.
For further information: http://www.dzhw.eu/summerschool
This year’s EFMD Higher Education Research Conference will take place at IESE Business School Barcelona on October 10-11, 2016. The main focus is on “Innovation in Higher Education” and the organizing committee invites submissions to the following areas: (1) Innovations in forms of governance, management and organisation of higher education institutions, (2) Innovations in education, or (3) Innovations in research.
On 28th & 29th October 2016 the junior meeting of the “Zentrum für Sozialweltforschung und Methodenentwicklung” (ZSM) titled „Hochschulen als Organisation und die Organisation von Hochschulen– Reformen des Wissenschaftsbetriebs in Theorie und Praxis.“ takes place at the Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg, faculty of human sciences.
The meeting wants to provide a forum of exchange for junior scholars of all disciplines concerned with higher education research. The aim of the meeting is to connect researchers of different disciplines concerned with topics like new governance mechanisms in academia, changing views of science or changing power relations in higher education.
Paper proposals (max. 3000 characters) or posters (max. 1500 characters) presenting results of empirical, theoretical or conceptual work can be submitted until 31st May to firstname.lastname@example.org. For further information take a look at the call for papers.
The conference is organized by the Workgroup “Higher Education and Society in Africa” and will take place at Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies (BIGSAS), University of Bayreuth on 3-4 November 2016.
Deadline of submission is 10 June 2016.
Please find the full call for papers here.
The German Rectors’ Conference (“Hochschulrektorenkonferenz“, HRK) is looking for interns at its EU-office in Brussels, Belgium. This service is a great opportunity for students or early career researchers to experience the work in European higher education politics. Find the job add here (only in German).
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!
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.