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Title: Building a mutually-desirable relationship between a higher education institution's academic schools and its adult/continuing education unit : a case study analysis of Abu Dhabi University and its knowledge group (Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates)
Author: McHardy, Robert David
ISNI:       0000 0004 2727 6912
Awarding Body: University of Bath
Current Institution: University of Bath
Date of Award: 2012
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Historically, many higher education institutions have been structurally and culturally compartmentalised and subunits such as continuing education have been marginalised, merged or divested. In response to a variety of external phenomena, some higher education institutions are re-examining their internal and external relationships, including the relationship between their academic and continuing education units. This research examines the efforts of a higher education institution in the United Arab Emirates to improve its overall effectiveness by changing the nature of the relationship between its academic and continuing education units. A review of theory- and practice-based higher education, organisational culture and inter-/intra-organisational relationship literature revealed significant support for each partner's goals for the new relationship and was used to provide the parties with a series of recommendations for successful formulation, actualisation and governance. These results add to the literature and practice of higher education and continuing higher education, particularly in the area of relationship-building among organisational subunits and subcultures.
Supervisor: Jamieson, Ian Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.B.A.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: continuing education ; extension ; intra-organisational ; inter-departmental ; higher education ; university ; Abu Dhabi ; UAE