Living in an 'entrepreneurial' university

Ian Finlay

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    This study set out to test the major criticisms of Burton Clark's book Creating Entrepreneurial Universities: organisational pathways of transformation (1998). Both Deem (2001) and Smith (1999) criticise Clark on the grounds that he interviewed only a selection of senior staff in the institutions he surveyed and, hence, did not get a closely grained account of change within those institutions. In this study, a selection of staff in one of the universities studied by Clark was interviewed to test the reliability of his findings. The article concludes that Clark's perspective reflects only one of a range of views held within the university in which there are a variety of cultures operating.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)417-434
    Number of pages18
    JournalResearch in Post-Compulsory Education
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 31 Oct 2004


    • university education
    • culture
    • entrepreneurship


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