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