The privatization or commercialization of higher education has been a significant focus for scholars of higher education with researchers from a variety of disciplines examining trends and patterns in these organizations over time. Evidence cited in favor of this privatization includes the decline in state appropriations, the changing nature of funding for research in response […]
Lately I've been thinking about pension funds. (This is partly due to examining the art buying efforts of the British Rail Pension Fund in my research.) There was an interesting article by Lowenstein about why US municipalities are being hamstrung by high pension obligations in the New York Times (here), with quite critical letters pointing out that in the case of teachers, they were trading lower salaries for higher pensions later, and that states and municipalities had been essentially shorting their pension funds, contributing less than they should have due to... let us say overly optimistic assumptions about investment returns (letters here). So this has gotten me thinking about the situation for nonprofits, particularly in the arts.
I have been reading about organizational structure of higher education organizations as part of the background reading for a paper I am working on and it got me thinking about organizational boundaries and how it relates to the key players involved in organizations. When thinking about for-profit businesses there are three key constituencies which come […]
It has occurred to me in the course of revising a work in progress that in the general literature on organizations there is surprisingly little discussion of sector differences or governance differences as mediating or conditioning the impacts of some of our fundamental theories. Neoinstitutionalism, resource dependency and population ecology are just some theories or […]