Governance of Universities and Scientific Innovation

  • Dietmar BraunEmail author
Part of the Higher Education Dynamics book series (HEDY, volume 41)


In this chapter the tension between the tendency of scientific disciplines to “diversify” and the capacities of universities to give new scientific fields an institutional “home” is tackled. The assumption is that new scientific fields must find support among scientists and cognitive units of universities in order to be included. As science is a strongly competitive social field, inclusion often meets resistance. It is argued in this chapter that opportunities for new scientific fields to be included depend on the kind of governance regimes ruling universities. A comparison of the former bureaucratic-oligarchic governance model in most European universities with the existing new public management governance model demonstrates that the propensity of universities to include new scientific fields has increased though there might be a price to pay in terms of which fields stand a chance of being integrated and in terms of institutional possibilities for the invention of new ideas.


Scientific Field Economic Capital Corporate Identity Management Layer Governance Regime 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut d’Etudes Politiques et InternationalesUniversité de LausanneLausanneSwitzerland

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