The Academic Profession in the Knowledge-based Society (APIKS): Evolution of a Major Comparative Research Project

Timo Aarrevaara, Martin Finkelstein, Glen A. Jones, Jisun Jung

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Abstract

This chapter argues for the importance of a comparative perspective on the academic profession, as higher education globally assumes an increasingly central role in the knowledge society and economy. We begin with an overview of the surge in empirical research on the academic profession over the past three decades and culminate with an introduction to the APIKS project: the Academic Profession in the Knowledge-Based Society. The project, involving research teams from 22 countries across 5 continents, designed and executed surveys of the academic profession in 2019–2020, including their role, working conditions, career trajectories and prospects, and the changing pressures and expectations for contributing to economic growth and social betterment through research, teaching, and external activities. Sampling and survey processes, including planning and design and datafile management, are described. The chapter concludes with a discussion of the challenges of conducting a large-scale comparative survey and considers the project’s likely future directions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUniversities in the Knowledge Society
Subtitle of host publicationThe Nexus of National Systems of Innovation and Higher Education
EditorsTimo Aarrevaara, Martin Finkelstein, Glen A. Jones, Jisun Jung
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherSpringer
Chapter4
Pages49-64
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-76579-8
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-76578-1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 29 Sep 2021
MoEC publication typeA3 Part of a book or another research book

Publication series

SeriesThe Changing Academy – The Changing Academic Profession in International Comparative Perspective
Number22

Keywords

  • Academic profession
  • Knowledge-based society
  • Carnegie Survey
  • Changing Academic Profession (CAP)
  • Formative years
  • Data management

Field of science

  • Administrative science

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