Quotation Meyer, Michael, Schachermayer-Sporn, Barbara. 2018. Leaving the Ivory Tower: Universities' Third Mission and the Search for Legitimacy . Zeitschrift für Hochschulentwicklung, 13 (2), 41-60.




In this paper, we investigate how third mission strategies relate to changing legitimacy of universities. The work is based on a literature review and a case study of the largest business university in the EU (WU Vienna). First, we describe relevant trends and pressures for higher education institutions towards responsibility, accountability, and third mission. Second, we introduce the case in order to substantiate these trends, driven also by Austrian politics and international networks, some of them also emerging with a more socially oriented mission. Finally, we discuss isomorphic trends in higher education.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Zeitschrift für Hochschulentwicklung
Language English
Title Leaving the Ivory Tower: Universities' Third Mission and the Search for Legitimacy
Volume 13
Number 2
Year 2018
Page from 41
Page to 60
Reviewed? Y
URL https://www.zfhe.at/index.php/zfhe
DOI https://doi.org/10.3217/zfhe-13-02/03
Open Access Y
Open Access Link https://www.zfhe.at/index.php/zfhe/article/view/1140


Meyer, Michael (Details)
Schachermayer-Sporn, Barbara (Details)
Institute for Nonprofit Management IN (Details)
Competence Center for Nonprofit Organizations and Social Entrepreneurship WE (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
1142 Systems theory (Details)
5324 Organizational research (Details)
5363 Non-profit-sector research (NPO, NPI) (Details)
5405 Empirical social research (Details)
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