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Risk Management in Higher Education – Managing Academia in Turbulent Times

Special issue call for papers from International Journal of Educational Management

Guest Editors:    

Eric Cornuel, European Foundation for Management Development, Belgium & HEC Paris, France
Ulrich Hommel, EBS Business School, Germany & European Foundation for Management Development, Belgium

A. Context
Higher education institutions are operating in an increasingly dynamic environment. Demographic shifts, rising market transparency and accountability, changing consumption patterns and the emergence of new competition are exposing the higher education sector to levels of risk never encountered before. Deregulation and new funding models are forcing presidents, deans and senior managers to embrace market challenges with the effect of further enhancing performance volatility. As a consequence, what has been said about management in general increasingly applies to higher education management as well: Institutions are managed well if they manage their risk position well. In addition, regulatory oversight bodies are beginning to acknowledge the need to align the intensity of supervision and control with institutional risk-taking.

B. Purpose
The purpose of this special issue is to advance the understanding of the specific nature of risk management in higher education institutions. With this perspective in mind, this Call for Papers seeks to expand knowledge in this area and provide a discussion forum for researchers in higher education as well as business & management.
The special issue invites conceptual and empirical papers, presenting cutting edge research on risk management in higher education. Papers may be theoretical or applied but should in all cases have a clear relevance to risk management practices in higher education.

C. Research Questions
This call seeks contributions on any aspect of risk management in higher education. Topics for papers include (but are not limited to):

Risk management methodologies and risk management performance
Financial and operational risks (and the interaction between them)
Incentive issues, governance and regulation
Strategic decision-making and risk taking

Please see here for the full Call for Papers:

Submissions must comply with the author guidelines for this journal:

Expressions of interest to submit a paper and other queries should be sent directly to the special issue co-editor, Ulrich Hommel ([email protected]).