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ID 52119
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creator
Avramovic, Aleksandar
Pinheiro, Rómulo
Asante, Michael
subject
higher education
Norway
excellence
relevance
research valorisation
social impact of research
abstract
Publicly funded universities have been under increasing pressure to provide evidence regarding the economic value of their core activities, not least when it comes to the social benefits accrued from the research mission. This study offers a glimpse of Nordic perspectives on the social impact of research from the positions of policymakers, university leadership, and academics. From a macro perspective, the paper investigates to what extent Norwegian policy actors rely on the excellence/relevance discourse in their plans for the future development of higher education. At the meso level, the study explores how academic leaders make sense of internal and external pressures (drivers and strategic agendas) to produce and transfer knowledge that addresses social problems. Perry and May’s (2006) typology of the relevance–excellence interplay is used as a framework for interpreting the findings. The findings reveal a complex mix of logics underpinning hegemonic discourses, strategic actions, and postures. Excellence and relevance were found to be deeply embedded in the activities of sub-units, academic groups, and individual academics.
journal title
Higher Education Forum
volume
Volume 19
start page
131
end page
153
date of issued
2022-03
publisher
Research Institute for Higher Education, Hiroshima University
issn
2432-9614
isbn
978-4-86637-037-8
ncid
language
eng
nii type
Departmental Bulletin Paper
HU type
Departmental Bulletin Papers
DCMI type
text
format
application/pdf
text version
publisher
department
Research Institute for Higher Education
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