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Reconfiguring Knowledge ProductionChanging Authority Relationships in the Sciences and their Consequences for Intellectual Innovation$
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Richard Whitley, Jochen Gläser, and Lars Engwall

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199590193

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199590193.001.0001

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Mission Now Possible

Mission Now Possible

Profile Building and Leadership in German Universities

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Reconfiguring Knowledge Production

Frank Meier

Uwe Schimank

Oxford University Press

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

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