Higher Education Institutions in Networked Knowledge Societies

  • David M. Hoffman
  • Jussi Välimaa

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Theory, Design and Context

  3. Within and Between Higher Education Institutions

  4. Comparative Findings

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 337-337
    2. Jussi Välimaa, David M. Hoffman, John Brennan, Gary Rhoades, Ulrich Teichler
      Pages 339-361
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 363-490

About this book


This book provides an overview of the major findings of the comparative research project, Changes in Networks, Higher Education and Knowledge Society (CINHEKS). The main aim of this international comparative research project is the analysis of how Higher education institutions are networked within distinct knowledge societies in two key regions of the world: Europe and the United States of America. This research project was carried out in four European countries (Finland, Germany, Portugal and the United Kingdom) and in two different states in the United States of America. In addition, during the course of the research, a team from the Russian Federation joined the CINHEKS study. The analysis is contextually grounded in a comparative policy analysis focused on the main developments and understandings of the ideas surrounding the term knowledge society, in all countries concerned. Empirical elaboration is established via a series of sequential studies, each building, incrementally, on the previous study. These studies include institutional profiles of higher education institutions, institutional case studies, and an international comparative survey that illuminates academics’ social networks. The research findings broaden our understanding of the differences and similarities in how higher education institutions and individual academics are networked within and between societies that understand themselves as knowledge societies. The book introduces a novel analytical synthesis, which asserts contemporary societies have evolved into Networked Knowledge Societies. Methodologically, the book both challenges and raises the bar for previous approaches in comparative higher education, in terms of research design, execution and lays the groundwork for a new generation of international comparative higher education research.


CINHEKS comparative historical and discourse analysis comparative research project developments and understandings surrounding knowledge society distinct knowledge societies higher education institutions

Editors and affiliations

  • David M. Hoffman
    • 1
  • Jussi Välimaa
    • 2
  1. 1.Finnish Institute for Educat. ResearchUniversity of JyväskyläJyväskyläFinland
  2. 2.Finnish Institute for Educat. ResearchUniversity of JyväskyläJyväskyläFinland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Education
  • Print ISBN 978-94-017-7368-3
  • Online ISBN 978-94-017-7369-0
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