The Virtual University?: Knowledge, Markets, and Management

Paperback | November 1, 2002

EditorKevin Robins, Frank Webster

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The Virtual University? brings together some of the best-known writers on contemporary social change to reflect on the radical transformations going on in higher education.Expansion, technology, and changing financial and performance structures have altered universities, affecting the way they are managed, their relations with the corporate world, their employees, and their users/customers/students. Has a culture of collegiality been replaced by one of managerialism?Has the liberal/national university been replaced by the global/virtual one? What changes does the digital world bring to the practice and experience of education?The book refuses to adopt a narrow focus towards its subject, rejecting technology-centred and education policy-focused approaches. Arguing for a need to situate changes in higher education in the broad contexts of globalization, the political economy, and historical trends, the book combines closeattention to the complexities of on-the-ground changes in higher education with sensitivity towards the most consequential contextual pressures.The book lifts consideration of higher education into the mainstream of social transformations in the twenty-first century, arguing that a wide debate about changes in knowledge, markets, and management is demanded since the 'virtual university' concerns the character of intellectual cultureitself.

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The Virtual University? brings together some of the best-known writers on contemporary social change to reflect on the radical transformations going on in higher education.Expansion, technology, and changing financial and performance structures have altered universities, affecting the way they are managed, their relations with the corp...

Kevin Robins studied at the universities of Sussex, York, and Kent. He is Professor of Communications, Goldsmith's College, University of London. His books include The Technical Fix: Education, Computers, and Industry (1989, with Frank Webster), Into the Image (1996), Times of the Technoculture (1999, with Frank Webster), and Spaces o...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:342 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.72 inPublished:November 1, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Part I: The New Global Context1. Kevin Robins and Frank Webster: The Virtual University?2. John Urry: Globalizing the Academy3. Gerard Delanty: The University and Modernity: A History of the Present4. Masao Miyoshi: The University in the 'Global' EconomyPart II: Practices and Policies5. James Cornford and Neil Pollock: Working Through the Work of Making Work Mobile6. Charles Crook: The Virtual University: The Learner's Perspective7. Mike Reed and Rosemary Deem: New Managerialism: The Manager-Academic and Technologies of Management in Universities---Looking Forward to Virtuality?8. Yiannis Gabriel and Andrew Sturdy: Exporting Management -- Neo-Imperialism and Global Consumerism9. Lee Benson and Ira Harkavy: Saving the Soul of the University: What is to be Done?10. Philip Agre: Commodity and Community: Institutional Design for the Networked UniversityPart III: Prospects and Possibilities11. Les Levidow: Marketizing Higher Education: Neo-Liberal Strategies and Counter Strategies12. Tim Luke: Digital Discourses, Online Classes, Electronic Documents: Developing New University Techno-Cultures13. David F. Noble: Rehearsal for the Revolution14. Martin Trow: Some Consequences of the New Information and Communications Technologies for Higher EducationKevin Robins and Frank Webster: Afterword: What Will be the Global Identity of the University?

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`The Virtual University? Knowledge Markets and Management, presents a variety of aspects, features, approaches and achievements in changing university - virtual or global university phenomena.'Journal of Documentation, vol. 59 no. 6