The EuroMed Academy of Business (EMAB)

  • Timo Aarrevaara (Speaker: Presenter)

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars


    New roles and traditional expectations - Academic leaders in eight European countries

    The structural changes in public organisations have resulted in a development path which requires staff with a leadership role to carry out the reforms. This has been reflected in Finland within its universities, which transferred from direct government control from the beginning of 2010. At the same time, it has led to a contradictory entrepreneurial culture and bureaucratic processes in university decision making and operations. This is because the universities are still largely government-funded organisations with a financial system in which academics are subjected to market forces and competitive funding schemes. However, the types of entrepreneurial practices required of academics and the style of new leadership are not clear. For example, government productivity programs are based on increasing performance expectations with fewer staff resources, but at the same time there has been a restriction of the traditional role of academic leaders. Implementation of the changes occurred first of all for the leaders, who are also responsible for operational performance. In this way the changes are taking place at universities outside the leaders’ regular work load. In this regard, it is evident that the disengagement in state universities has meant the erosion of academic leaders’ authority. The question is how academic leaders can enhance their role as managers. This presentation raises questions about the type of operational principles academic leaders hoped for, and the role they aspired to for themselves. Although the presentation concerns universities, the cases presented show a more general role in public and private leadership. The main themes of the presentation are the content of work; the skills academic leaders require ; changes in the leadership role; differentiation from the traditional profession; and professionalism as a requirement for those occupying academic managerial posts. The presentation also looks at examples of leadership changes. The data are based on the 11,900 European responses to the Changing Academic Profession (CAP) survey (2008-2011), and 60 interviews of Finnish academics conducted in 2011as part of the EUROAC project that was conducted in eight European countries. Keywords: academic leadership, academic profession, professionalism, work content
    Period18 Sep 201419 Sep 2014
    Event typeOther
    Conference number7th Annual Conference
    SponsorEuroMed Academy of Business
    LocationKristiansand, NorwayShow on map
    Degree of RecognitionInternational