The Academic as an Entrepreneur

By Enza Santangelo and Irene Pagliarella.

Published by The Organization Collection

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Over the last ten years, Australian universities have undergone significant structural and systematic changes as a result of depleting national budgets, the globalisation of education, the changing nature of the workplace, changing student demographics and rapid technological advances. The cumulative changes have created pressures and opportunities prompting universities to adapt to new commercial environments. Academics need to embrace changes that impact on their roles, their research activities and student relationships with the added role of being an entrepreneur in a landscape where programs and curricula are shaped by industry demands. Academics need to be responsive to the changing workplace. Metaphorically, does the academic of the new millennium need additional skills to address the flexibility required for industry engagement or does the academic wear multiple hats that are intrinsically part of their own persona? This paper explores this dilemma and the industrial relations implications on the recruitment and retention of academics which places significant pressures on the viability of a university to build on its capacity and revenue building opportunities.

Keywords: Academic, University, Entrepeneur, Capacity, Capability, Industry, Role, Knowledge, Commercialisation, Globalisation

The International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management, Volume 7, Issue 12, pp.15-22. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 505.266KB).

Enza Santangelo

Director,, Partnerships and New Business, RMIT University, Melbourne, VIC, Australia

Enza is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist currently working in Partnerships and New Business at RMIT University. She has worked in London and Australia in mental health and disability areas and has been involved in major teaching/training projects for the past 6 years. Her current model of work relies on the application of good human relationships as they bring together organisational and educational needs of industry. Creating learning cultures in organisations with the utilisation of university staff expertise has demonstrated that the university can be integral to learning development in most communities/cultures.

Irene Pagliarella

RMIT University, Melbourne, VIC, Australia

Irene Pagliarella is a teacher with a legal and social justice background with extensive teaching experience in justice and the law. Over 20 years experience in legal practices related advocacy, mediation, ethics and gender issues. She has as her specialty knowledge and direct practice in human rights, organisational development, human resources practices and cross cultural communication. These experiences contribute to the shaping of curriculum and the development of teaching pedagogies that shape student knowledge in the administration of social justice.


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