Cities, knowledge and universities: Transformations in the image of the intangible

Social Epistemology 20 (3 & 4):259 – 282 (2006)
The current higher educational landscape in the UK is marked by complex sets of expectations, accompanied by efforts to encourage universities into diversifying and stratifying functions. Yet the picture is far from clear and a number of tensions and contradictions remain, such as in relation to incentivisation and reward structures which impact differentially on universities. For universities that attempt to translate these agendas into meaningful actions at the local level, the result is a mixture of enthusiasm, engagement, retreat and defence. This article will demonstrate such processes in action through a discussion of the ongoing "Manchester--Knowledge Capital" initiative, which seeks to bring local and regional partners and universities together to create a critically acclaimed global pivot to the emerging knowledge economy.
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Ronald Barnett (2000). Realizing the University in an Age of Supercomplexity. Society for Research Into Higher Education & Open University Press.
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