Leaders of modern universities: <i>Primi inter pares</i> or chief executive officers?

Lars Engwall and Carin Eriksson Lindvall

in The Work of Managers

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780199639724
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738661 | DOI:
Leaders of modern universities: Primi inter pares or chief executive officers?

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This chapter deals with managerial work in universities. First, it discusses the basic characteristics of universities in relation to their position with states, professions, and markets. Second, based on this discussion, the chapter explains the changes in the working conditions of modern universities that are moving in the direction of increasing environmental embeddedness, which has implications for university leadership. Empirical results from studies of university leaders at two levels (Vice-Chancellors and Department Chairs) provide evidence of their fragmented work situations as well as their difficult positions in having to deal with demands from their colleagues and from external parties.

Keywords: universities; Vice-Chancellors; Department Chairs; states, professions; markets; environmental embeddedness

Chapter.  8777 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Organizational Theory and Behaviour

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