Handbook on Globalization and Higher Education
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Handbook on Globalization and Higher Education

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Edited by Roger King, Simon Marginson and Rajani Naidoo

Higher education has entered centre-stage in the context of the knowledge economy and has been deployed in the search for economic competitiveness and social development. Against this backdrop, this highly illuminating Handbook explores worldwide convergences and divergences in national higher education systems resulting from increased global co-operation and competition.
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Chapter 23: Strategizing and Ordering the Global

Simon Marginson

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23 Strategizing and ordering the global Simon Marginson INTRODUCTION Universities and other higher education institutions operate in the global, national and local dimensions simultaneously. They are ‘glonacal’ organizations (global + national + local). Within this mix the global element grows more important. All the cross-border moves of higher education institutions and systems taken together sum up to the global dimension of action. This is formed by a combination of global imagining, global strategizing and global ordering. Chapter 2 of Part I introduced the global dimension and looked at global ‘imaginings’, in the context of space-time compression, space-making by institutions and systems, the world imaginaries drawn on by global subjects (the economic market, the world of status comparison and competition, and the world of networks and open source knowledge), and discussed global subjects themselves and their agendas and transformations. The present chapter, the second of Part III on governance and also the pair of Chapter 2, focuses on how those global imaginings, with their sense of what might be possible in higher education, play out in the global positioning strategies of institutions and systems; and the implications of these strategies for the formal and informal ordering and governance of the higher education sector. Like Chapter 2, the present chapter is generic in character. It is preliminary to Part III’s more specific studies of aspects of governance. The chapter begins with the coordinates of the strategic setting. How do global subjects conceive that setting and position themselves within it? What creates the...

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