Mission Now Possible

Frank Meier and Uwe Schimank

in Reconfiguring Knowledge Production

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780199590193
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191723445 | DOI:
Mission Now Possible

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Deliberate and successful attempts to build distinctive collective research strategies, or ‘profiles’, that involve reallocating resources to particular areas constitute a new phenomenon in the German university system. Rectors and presidents have come to consider such profile-building as an important task, which their increased authority makes it possible for them to push forward. This chapter discusses how this significant shift in organizational leadership and identity came about, focusing on the key elements of the ‘new public management’ (NPM) that were decisive for this development, and on the factors explaining variations in profile-building activities and their success at German universities.

Keywords: German universities; collaborative research; new public management; resources; organizational leadership

Chapter.  10504 words. 

Subjects: Public Management and Administration

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