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'Academic Capitalism': Universities' Consultancy Agendas

Grant, Kevin and Spinelli, Gabriella and Duncan, Peter and Hackney, Ray and Edgar, David (2008) 'Academic Capitalism': Universities' Consultancy Agendas. In: 14th Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS 2008). Curran. ISBN 978-1-60560-953-9. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Recent debate in Higher Education (HE) has attempted to identify the legitimate components at the core of academic scholarship. Teaching and research, are recognized activities of modern academia; although their nexus is at times questioned. This paper seeks to understand the role of a rising academic activity, academic consultancy, and to portray its impact onto HE. A two-stage research design including a web-based survey and semi-structured interviews was implemented to gather the experiences and perceptions of academics in information technology/information systems/information management (IT/IS/IM) in the United Kingdom (UK). The findings reveal that the majority of consultancy activities undertaken by the study participants are of small scale, of technical nature and in areas strongly related to the research interest of the academics in questions. Although a shared understanding of what consultancy is can be found among academics, the perception of how consultancy impacts teaching practices and research differs significantly within research-led or teaching-led universities. Such findings are significant as they portray entrepreneurship as a contributing factor that may help universities to shape their policy, culture and structure.

Item Type: Book section
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Business School > Industrial Relations/HRM
Depositing User: Tracey Pemble
Date Deposited: 04 Nov 2014 09:36 UTC
Last Modified: 03 Oct 2019 15:16 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/43993 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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