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Processes for Managing Risk in Higher Education

Rebecca Page-Tickell (University of East London, UK)
Graeme Sloan (Commercial Director, Southern Universities Management Service (SUMS))

Governance and Management in Higher Education

ISBN: 978-1-80043-729-6, eISBN: 978-1-80043-728-9

Publication date: 26 April 2022


The perception and communication of risk for organizations are highly topical and difficult to address in higher education (HE) due to its complexity and variety of structures, processes and identities. The omnipresence of managerialism in HE currently also impacts organizational innovation. This is interrogated in terms of the form and effect of innovation and improvization (Cunha, Neves, Clegg, & Rego, 2015). The development of tools to manage risk perception is discussed alongside perceptions of risk and their potential management through agile processes to enable a university-wide collaboration across services to enable a unified and streamlined proactive management of risk and its corollaries of loss.

The focus of this chapter is on the daily management of operational risks in higher education institutions (HEIs). It considers the causes and impact of drift and competitiveness in organizational processes and their impact on organizational efficiency. This chapter will consider risk perception and contract management across HEIs.



Page-Tickell, R. and Sloan, G. (2022), "Processes for Managing Risk in Higher Education", Sengupta, E., Blessinger, P. and Nezaami, N. (Ed.) Governance and Management in Higher Education (Innovations in Higher Education Teaching and Learning, Vol. 43), Emerald Publishing Limited, Leeds, pp. 105-122.



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