Turcan, R. V., Reilly, J., & Bugaian, L. (2015). (Re)Discovering University Autonomy: The Global Market Paradox of Stakeholder and Educational Values in Higher Education. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.


“This book challenges the approach to university autonomy that focuses on and tends to isolate the four autonomy pillars organizational autonomy, financial autonomy, human resource autonomy, and academic autonomy. Recent studies, research models, and political statements on university autonomy have focused on understanding and measuring autonomy under each of these pillars. However, this approach conceals not only the complexity of university autonomy but also a myriad of other forces that impact on our understanding of the realization of university autonomy.


The main thesis of the book is that a fuller understanding of university autonomy can only be obtained through a holistic view of the complex interrelationships between stakeholders and policies, which can reinforce and pull equally in opposite directions. The holistic view is conceptualized in a model of institutional university autonomy. The model brings together the traditional four pillars of autonomy, and five interfaces government-university; university-university staff; academic staff-students; university-business; and university-internationalization. Each of these interfaces, which characterize external and internal points of interaction between modern universities and their key stakeholders, not only map on to the four pillars but also relate to and influence one another and enhance our understanding of the ways in which autonomy is interpreted, mediated, and often unwittingly compromised.”



Dr. Romeo V. Turcan

Associate Professor of Organization Studies and International Entrepreneurship


Department of Business and Management

Aalborg University

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