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A seminal study, The University in Development explores how the university is indeed 'in development': pursuing a new 'third' mission of external societal development (alongside its two existing missions of teaching and research), and experiencing a major internal revolution as this impacts on its structural organisation. Already prevalent in many institutions internationally, this third academic mission has begun to pose troubling challenges to existing academic research cultures and systems in South Africa.

Emerging from an extended longitudinal study, The University in Development provides a powerful analysis of the complex nexus of transformation occurring between universities and the rapidly changing global society of which they form a part. Embedded within the book is a central theoretical claim: that driving this new international transformation within universities is a global post-1970s new capitalist industrial revolution, with economies seeking out use-inspired basic research at universities in order to survive and grow within the competitive international market. The analysis thus provides new understandings of current concepts of 'globalisation', 'use-oriented' research, 'knowledge society and economy', and 'national system of innovation'.

The University in Development will be of interest to scholars in the fields of higher education, innovation studies and the sociology of knowledge, and is of critical relevance to policy-makers.

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Format : 240mm x 168mm (Soft Cover)
Pages : 400
ISBN 10 : 9780-7969-2347-9
ISBN 13 : 9780-7969-2347-9
Publish Year : 2011
Rights : World Rights

Tables and figures
Preface
Note to the reader
Abbreviations and acronyms
PART 1
A global second academic transformation: in symbiosis with a third industrial revolution
Introduction to Part 1:
Investigating Western Cape university research groupings: how can they unlock knowledge for and with society?

  • CHAPTER 1: A post-1970s second academic transformation: questions and evidence
  • CHAPTER 2: Use-inspired basic research and the third mission: some early historical developments
  • CHAPTER 3: The spread of a second academic transformation in the last quarter of the twentieth century: a critical assessment

PART 2
Case studies at the universities of the Western Cape: investigation of eleven research groupings
Introduction to Part 2:

South African research and innovation: a short overview and some quantitative indicators

  • CHAPTER 4: Use-oriented research: Model types of research groupings in the universities
  • CHAPTER 5: Case studies of research groupings in between the traditional Model T and the new Models A, B and C

PART 3
Drawing together the threads from the eleven case studies

  • CHAPTER 6: Interpreting the data from ten use-oriented research groupings
  • CHAPTER 7: The idea of a second academic transformation: implications for new concepts and new policies

APPENDIX 1
Notes on research methodology employed in the study
APPENDIX 2
The case studies: model type, pseudonyms and mode of internal organisation of each case References

David Cooper is Head of Department and Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology, University of Cape Town. He has a BScElecEng (UCT) and a PhD in Sociology (Birmingham, UK). He was principal author of the book The Skewed Revolution: Trends in South African Higher Education 1988-1998. During 2009 and 2010 he was a Fulbright New Century Scholar under the theme 'The university as innovation driver and knowledge centre', focusing his research on universitycivil society relations.

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