Innovation, Technology, and Knowledge Management

Virtualization of Universities

Digital Media and the Organization of Higher Education Institutions

Authors: Pfeffer, Thomas

  • Explores the impact of digital media on research, preservation and dissemination of knowledge, and education at universities
  • Considers the organizational and policy implications for university administrators, educators, and other stakeholders
  • For professors and students, and researchers of digital media, organizational studies, and higher education, and also university leaders, management, and policymakers concerned with innovation and digital media practices and policies
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The purpose of this volume is to shape conceptual tools to understand the impact of new information and communication technologies (ICTs) on the organization of universities. Traditional research-based universities, the most typical representatives of the higher education system, find themselves challenged by the speed and the wide range of technical innovations, but also by a vast array of implicit assumptions and explicit promises associated with the distribution of digital media.

The author observes that as universities increasingly use digital media (computers and the Internet) to accomplish their tasks, a transformation takes place in an evolutionary rather than in a revolutionary way. Using the University of Klagenfurt as an in-depth case study, he explores such dynamic issues as how digital media affect the practice of research, the preservation and dissemination of knowledge (for example, through publishing and archiving), and delivery of education at universities. More broadly, he considers issues of organizational culture and design, administration, and leadership as universities integrate digital technologies into all aspects of their operations.

Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Pfeffer, Thomas

    Pages 1-4

  • The Evolution of Information and Communication Technologies

    Pfeffer, Thomas

    Pages 5-20

  • Three Societal Function Systems and the Impact of Digital Media

    Pfeffer, Thomas

    Pages 21-32

  • Preservation of Academic Knowledge Resources as Public Goods

    Pfeffer, Thomas

    Pages 33-48

  • Distribution and Preservation of Learning Material Beyond the Boarders of the Classroom

    Pfeffer, Thomas

    Pages 49-64

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Virtualization of Universities
Book Subtitle
Digital Media and the Organization of Higher Education Institutions
Authors
Series Title
Innovation, Technology, and Knowledge Management
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media, LLC
eBook ISBN
978-1-4614-2065-1
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4614-2065-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4614-2064-4
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4899-8858-4
Series ISSN
2197-5698
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 182
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