Higher Education research beyond the ivory tower

18 December 2023

by Henry Mintzberg and Susan Mintzberg, University World News16 December 2023

The metaphor of the university as an ivory tower suggests a detached mode of looking-on, whether about doing research, disseminating findings, educating students, or administrating all this. In contrast is a model of the university as reaching-out, in these same four spheres.

Researching: Exploring Experience beyond Examining Evidence

Disseminating: Open Source beyond Closed Shop

Educating: Social Learning beyond Autonomous Teaching

Administrating: Fostering Communityship beyond Emphasizing Leadership

We conclude that the 21st-century university should be seeking a dynamic balance of these two modes—reaching-out while looking-on.

(Read the full article in UWN here)