From Ivory Tower to Academic Commitment and Leadership
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From Ivory Tower to Academic Commitment and Leadership

The Changing Public Mission of Universities

Amalya Oliver-Lumerman and Gili S. Drori

How is the public mission of universities to change in the face of today’s global challenges? How is the 21st Century university to balance its long-standing traditions and its commitment to teaching, research and commercialization with rapidly changing social needs and conditions worldwide? And how does the newly defined public role of the university reflect on changes to non-profit organizations in general? Amalya Oliver-Lumerman and Gili S. Drori offer a new model of academic commitment and leadership in response to questions about the new public role of the university.
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Chapter 7: Concluding comments and reflections: new opportunities for university–society relations

Amalya Oliver-Lumerman and Gili S. Drori


Looking forward, we consider the possible challenges to the implementation of ACL, also by considering the critique levied against CSR. To this aim, we outline a tiered ACL model that sets actionable commitment and actionable leadership. And, drawing on long-standing concerns about the authenticity, autonomy and managerialism in academia, we reflect on how universities are evolving and how they should evolve in order to engage more deeply with society.

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