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Economics and university life: further reflections and experiences of Clem Tisdell

Clem Tisdell (The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia)

International Journal of Social Economics

ISSN: 0306-8293

Article publication date: 1 July 2000



Outlines and analyses critically the changing nature of the administration and management of universities, particularly in Australia. Special attention is given to the emerging corporate and commercial character of universities, taking into account principles of economic management. Changes in economics as taught at university‐level are discussed along with the declining status of many economics departments. Strategies which I have used to counteract threats to university economics are outlined. Just as globalisation has been increasingly stressed in recent years as an imperative for business, it has become a dominant theme of Australian universities, partly for commercial reasons. This “new” emphasis is, however, ironic, as explained. Following some critical comments on the approaches of Australian universities to internationalization, the essay outlines some of my substantial international activities in the last two years.



Tisdell, C. (2000), "Economics and university life: further reflections and experiences of Clem Tisdell", International Journal of Social Economics, Vol. 27 No. 7/8/9/10, pp. 669-698.




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