For decades, universities have been described as hybrid organizations where different types of employees (read: academics and administrators) lead completely separate lives, both have their own niches and work interests. Compared to the corporate world, they would not be able to formulate future-proof strategies and respond to the ‘needs’ of contemporary society. Within the walls of the university, it is ‘an organized anarchy’ in which decision-making processes can be defined as ‘garbage can’. Several researchers (and good ones at that) have, in recent years, expressed themselves in such terms about the university as an organization.
Despite such criticisms, academic organizations have proven able to respond to an ever more rapidly changing world for hundreds of years. Universities continue to prove their added value, and they are perfectly able to demonstrate their public value. Universities adapt to the environment, change a little bit, but remain unchanged in their core. Read more