Edited by Jacob H. Rooksby
Chapter 5: University as knowledge-based enterprise: organizational design and technology transfer
The concept of design suggests to advocates a compelling framework for reorganizing the scientific enterprise at research universities. A design-based perspective, according to adopters, directs helpful attention to the relationship between academic structure and the creation and exchange of knowledge. Its application entails forming and linking an array of STEM-centered organizational units (SOUs), opening the flow of personnel, resources, and intellectual property throughout a campus and in external partnerships. Such configurations are deemed critical in the global knowledge economy, but their development requires contending with less-linear, unstructured processes of change in research universities. This Chapter focuses on the extent to which—and how—concepts of design may be reconciled with dynamics of academic organization. It synthesizes research and theory on design and SOUs (centers and institutes, schools, and departments), charts possibilities for research on emerging 501(c)(3) entities, and offers concluding remarks about prospects for imagining and enacting novel university designs.
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