Despite the frequent isolation of academic work, it is done in the context of complex, multi-layered global, national, regional and local teaching or research networks. Having good networks is key to achieving what you want in academia. This book describes the kinds of networks that you might build across a range of settings, talks about the pros and cons involved and gives practical guidance on networking activities.

What are Stakeholder Networks?

This chapter discusses the notion of ‘stakeholder’, identifies what and who they are and explores the sorts of work you can do with them.

Dominant discourses to be wary of

The lexicon of contemporary university governance contains a number of ‘buzz words’:

  • Partnerships.
  • Collaboration or links with industry.
  • End users.
  • Capacity building.
  • Co-sponsorship, co-funding.
  • Serving the professions.
  • Applied knowledge.
  • Commercialisation.
  • Path to market.
  • ‘Mode 2’.
  • ‘Useful’ knowledge.

And the list goes on. Many of these terms are related to the notion that ...

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