The Enterprise University as Networked University: Investigating the contribution of Australian higher education institutions to social capital


This project has two components.

  1. ARC Discovery project
    As well as creating benefits for individuals higher education creates broader social, economic and cultural benefits or 'public goods'. Though these are of major significance for the community and government they have eluded definition and plausible measurement. However, recent research on social capital – the norms and networks (including ICT networks) that facilitate cooperation – provides a promising new line of inquiry. Building on three previous ARC studies of Australian universities, the project investigates local and global networks sustained by case-study institutions.
  2. ARC Professorial Fellowship research program
    Under this program Professor Marginson is developing an integrated analysis of the globally networked research university as an institution.

Principal project aims

  1. Develop and apply new tools for identifying and in part measuring certain external effects of higher education institutions, adapting techniques used in studies of social capital.
  2. Apply these tools in case studies, investigate external networks of Australian universities, including local and global networks, focusing on communications.
  3. Provide training for a doctoral student in the field of inquiry and subject matter.
  4. Development of an integrated analysis of the Globally Networked Enterprise University through a series of projects of research and scholarship (the Australian Professorial Fellowship Program)Apply these tools in case studies, investigate external networks of Australian universities, including local and global networks, focusing on communication.

Outputs from the Australian Professorial Fellowship research program

Book chapters
MARGINSON, S. – Going global: governance implications of cross-border traffic in higher education, in W. Tierney (ed.), Competing Conceptions of Academic Governance: Negotiating the perfect storm, The Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, pp. 1-32 (2004)
MARGINSON, S. –Australian higher education: national and global markets, in P. Teixeira, B. Jongbloed, D. Dill & A. Amaral (eds.) Markets in Higher Education: Rhetoric or reality?, Kluwer, Dordrecht, pp. 207-240 (2004)
MARGINSON, S. – Education and human capital, in P. Saunders & J. Walter (eds.) Ideas and Influence: Social Science and Public Policy in Australia, UNSW Press, Sydney, pp. 64-84 (2005)
MARGINSON, S. – Cities of angels and the barbarians at the gates, in J. Enders, J. File, J. Huisman & D. Westerheijden (eds.) The European Higher Education and Research Landscape 2020: Scenarios and strategic debates, Centre for Higher Education Policy Studies, University of Twente, Enschede, pp. 209-215 (2005)
MARGINSON, S. – Rethinking the economics of education; The public/private divide in higher education, in B. Grewal and M. Kumnick, Engaging the New World: Responses to the knowledge economy, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, pp. 53-76 (2006)
MARGINSON, S. – National and global competition in higher education, on B. Lingard & J. Ozga (eds.) The RoutledgeFalmer Reader in Education Policy and Politics, Routledge, London, pp. 131-153 (2007)
MARGINSON, S. - Five somersaults in Enschede: Rethinking public/private in higher education for the global era, in J. Enders & B. Jongbloed (eds.) Public-Private Dynamics in Higher Education, Springer, Dordrecht.
MARGINSON, S. - Freedom as control and the control of freedom: F.A. Hayek and the academic imagination, in C. Kayrooz, G. Akerlind and M. Tight (eds.), Autonomy in Social Science Research [accepted 25 May 2006, in press]
MARGINSON, S. – The academic professions in the global era, in J. Enders and E. de Weert (eds.), The Academic Profession and the Modernization of Higher Education: Analytical and comparative perspectives, Springer, Dordrecht

Journal articles
MARGINSON, S. – National and global competition in higher education, The Australian Educational Researcher, 31 (2), pp. 1-28 (2004)
MARGINSON, S. – Don't leave me hanging on the Anglophone: The potential for online distance education in the Asia-Pacific region, Higher Education Quarterly, 58 (2/3), pp. 74-113 (2004)
MARGINSON, S. & SAWIR, E.– Interrogating global flows in higher education, Globalisation, Societies and Education, 3 (3), November, pp. 281-309 (2005)
MARGINSON, S. – Putting 'public' back into the public university, Thesis Eleven, 84, pp. 44-59 (2006)
MARGINSON, S. – Dynamics of national and global competition in higher education, Higher Education, 52, pp. 1-39 (2006)
MARGINSON, S. & SAWIR, E. - University leaders' strategies in the global environment: A comparative study of Universitas Indonesia and the Australian National University, Higher Education, 52, pp. 343-373 (2006)
MARGINSON, S. – The public/private division in higher education: a global revision, Higher Education, 53, pp. 307-333 (2007)
MARGINSON, S. - University mission and identity for a post post-public era, Higher Education Research and Development, 26 (1), pp. 117-131 (2007)
MARGINSON, S. - Globalisation, the 'idea of a university' and its ethical regimes, Higher Education Management and Policy, 19 (1), pp. 19-34 (2007)
MARGINSON, S. – Global position and position-taking: the case of Australia, Journal of Studies in International Education, 11 (1), pp. 5-32 (2007)
MARGINSON, S. & VAN DER WENDE, M. – To rank or to be ranked? The impact of global rankings in higher education, submitted to Journal of Studies in International Education
MARGINSON, S. - Global university rankings: implications in general and for Australia, Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, 29 (2)
MARGINSON, S. – Hayekian neo-liberalism and academic self-determination, submitted to Educational Theory
MARGINSON, S. - Global field and global imagining: Bourdieu and relations of power in worldwide higher education [submitted to British Journal of Educational Sociology]
MARGINSON, S. – Global university hegemony, Critique Internationale.

Encyclopedia, textbook and handbook entries
MARGINSON, S. – Australia, in J. Forrest and P. Altbach (eds) International Handbook of Higher Education, Springer, pp. 587-611, (2006)
MARGINSON, S. - Higher Education – Tertiary education in a globalised world: national and international rankings of higher education, prepared for International Encyclopaedia of Education, 3rd Edition, Elsevier, Oxford
MARGINSON, S. – Have global academic flows created a global labour market? Prepared on invitation for World Year Book of Education

Reviews and Review Essays
MARGINSON, S. – Bright networks and dark spaces: implications of Manuel Castells for higher education. Academe Online, American Association of University Professors, 90 (3), May-June (2004)
MARGINSON, S. – Shakespeare, Einstein and the bottom line, review of book of that title by David Kirp. Teachers College Record, 108 (5), pp. 434-438 (2006)
MARGINSON, S. – The Anglo-American university at its global high tide, review of five books on universities. Minerva 44, pp. 65-87 (2006)
MARGINSON, S. – Review of Rhoads and Torres, The University, the State and the Market: The political economy of globalization in the Americas. The Review of Higher Education, 30 (2), pp. 208-209 (2007).

Simon Marginson (Australian Professorial Fellow) and Catherine Burnheim (PhD student)
Australian Research Council Discovery Grant project