Studying political tensions in university governance: A focus on board member constructions of role

Cathy Rytmeister*, Stephen Marshall

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    Abstract

    The article considers the importance of examining how members of university governing bodies understand and perform their roles in the politically complex context of contemporary higher education. While a growing body of scholarly literature is devoted to the study of university governance, much of this work neglects the human aspects of decision-making in the presence of the competing interests, societal expectations and government intervention currently besetting universities. This article argues that, given this context, understanding of the factors impacting on university governing body effectiveness will be greatly enhanced by interpretive analysis of qualitative data obtained from university governance practitioners themselves.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)281-294
    Number of pages14
    JournalTertiary Education and Management
    Volume13
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2007

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