Engaging the Six Cultures of the Academy: Revised and Expanded Edition of The Six Cultures of the Academy / Edition 1

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In The Four Cultures of the Academy, William H. Bergquistidentified four different, yet interrelated, cultures found inNorth American higher education: collegial, managerial,developmental, and advocacy. In this new and expanded edition ofthat classic work, Bergquist and coauthor Kenneth Pawlak proposethat there are additional external influences in our global culturethat are pressing upon the academic institution, forcing it toalter the way it goes about its business. Two new cultures are nowemerging in the academic institution as a result of these global,external forces: the "virtual culture," prompted by thetechnological and social forces that have emerged over the pasttwenty years, and the "tangible culture," which values its roots,community, and physical location. These two cultures interact withthe previous four, creating new dynamics.

Bergquist and Pawlak look at culture's impact on postsecondaryeducation, where it plays a major role in defining patterns ofperceiving, thinking, and feeling about the nature and scope ofeducation. The authors propose that each of the six key culturesoperating within higher educational institutions has much to sayabout educational mission, vision, values, and purposes and aboutroles to be played by instructors, students, administrators,trustees, and even the general public. They offer a framework thatcan guide leaders and inspire new courses of action for the furtherimprovement of functioning within these complicated institutions.Specifically, they describe ways in which to use (or not use) theconcepts of organizational culture so that those who work inacademic institutions can improve their daily lives as leaders,administrators, faculty members, trustees, and concernedstakeholders.

In the case of each culture, they examine its distinctivehistory, perspectives, and values, and offer specific suggestionsconcerning ways to engage the six cultures so that each culture cancontribute to the learning of educators—rather thanreinforcing limiting and inflexible assumptions about the natureand direction of the higher education enterprise.

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The approaches suggested are appreciative inquiry and the ironic perspective, applying paradox and polarity to theory. (The Journal of Continuing Higher Ed, 06/08)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787995195
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 10/19/2007
  • Series: Wiley Desktop Editions Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 579,740
  • Product dimensions: 6.36 (w) x 9.09 (h) x 1.01 (d)

Meet the Author

William H. Bergquist is an international consultant andprofessor in the fields of organizational psychology and managementand president of the Professional School of Psychology, California.He is the author of forty-three books, including The Four Culturesof the Academy.

Kenneth Pawlak is chair of the Creative Arts, Social Service,and Education Division at Langara College in Vancouver, BritishColumbia. He has held a variety of positions across the academy,from managing capital and budgets to faculty and studentdevelopment.

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Table of Contents


About the Authors.


1. The Collegial Culture.

2. The Managerial Culture.

3. The Developmental Culture.

4. The Advocacy Culture.

5. The Virtual Culture.

6. The Tangible Culture.

7. Bridging the Gap.

Appendix I: Academic Cultures Inventory.

Appendix II: Marking Key for the Academic CulturesInventory.


Name Index.

Subject Index.

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