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Title: The business of English universities : business models and curriculum
Author: Bissett, Andrew Keith
Awarding Body: Sheffield Hallam University
Current Institution: Sheffield Hallam University
Date of Award: 2013
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In some highly publicised cases in English universities well-established disciplines and departments are under threat of closure for financial reasons. The higher education curriculum in England appears to be increasingly shaped by financial pressures. This study argues that universities are tending to be run as businesses, and its central aim is to reveal the business models within. These can be a useful 'lens' through which to view developments in higher education. An overview of the historical development of the curriculum in English universities is presented. The literature on business models and on higher education curriculum change is examined, and a relationship between these two dimensions is developed. In order to discern the business models a qualitative analysis of twenty English university strategic plans is performed using Ritchie & Spencer's (1994) 'Framework' methodology. Two new business models that have explanatory power in the university context are identified, along with two other 'standard' models that are also apparent. These four models might provide a general template that can be used to assess and understand university operation. Some consequences of the business models are discussed. The inquiry questions the possible future direction of higher education in England in the light of these consequences.
Supervisor: Johnson, Sylvia ; Ball, Stephen Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ed.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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