Corporate universities: historical development, conceptual analysis and relations with public-sector higher education

Taylor, Scott and Paton, Rob (2002). Corporate universities: historical development, conceptual analysis and relations with public-sector higher education. The Observatory of Borderless Higher Education.

URL: http://www.obhe.ac.uk/documents/view_details?id=56...

Abstract

In recent years the number and visibility of training and development initiatives within multinational corporations that adopt the language, structure and practice of higher education has risen dramatically, yet empirical analyses of corporate universities remain rare. In this report, the authors survey some existing literature and present preliminary findings from empirical work with a number of corporate universities in Europe. There is mention of historical precedents for both commercial companies taking primary responsibility for employee training and development, and a blurred divide between higher education and vocational training. Corporate university initiatives are located within the organizational world that has generated them, and in particular recent managerial discourses of human resource management, knowledge management and the ‘learning organisation’. Interview data from directors of European corporate universities suggest these initiatives are subject to a range of intense pressures that should be taken into account in considering their significance and likely impact on existing educational providers. The report concludes with a discussion of three potential futures for corporate universities within contemporary educational provision.

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  • Item ORO ID
  • 23734
  • Item Type
  • Other - Research Report (for external body)
  • Keywords
  • funding models; stakeholders; theory; ideology
  • Academic Unit or School
  • Faculty of Business and Law (FBL)
  • Copyright Holders
  • © 2002 Unknown
  • Depositing User
  • Beryl Ridgway

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