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Title: The university as an open platform? : a critique of agility
Authors : Wilhelm, Elena
et. al : No
Published in : Beiträge zur Hochschulforschung
Volume(Issue) : 41
Issue : 3
Pages : 66
Pages to: 79
Publisher / Ed. Institution : Bayerisches Staatsinstitut für Hochschulforschung und Hochschulplanung
Issue Date: Sep-2019
License (according to publishing contract) : Licence according to publishing contract
Type of review: Peer review (publication)
Language : English
Subjects : Hochschule; Agilität; Hochschulgovernance
Subject (DDC) : 378: Higher education
Abstract: The agile organisation is a concept in a whole series of supposedly new organisational concepts of recent decades. The demand for agility in the organisational context is based on the assumption that the environment develops increasingly disruptively and that organisations must adapt agilely to these disruptive developments. However, the theory of disruptive development is fraught with problems, and, thus, the theoretical and empirical basis of justification for agile organisation is rather weak. The article discusses the dilemmas of agile universities in the form of nine theses. Agility does not solve the main problem of the lack of innovation. Agility, as defined by the majority, is a form of passivity towards the environment, yet it is not only about adaptation, but also about active transformation. We do not need more agility, but rather more innovation. The concluding remarks set out in four points what remains of agility for the university.
Departement: President's Office
Organisational Unit: Higher Education Development
Publication type: Article in scientific journal
DOI : 10.21256/zhaw-18134
ISSN: 0171-645X
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