Originally published in 1987 Restructuring Universities uses Aston University as a case study of the internal restructuring taking place in universities. Aston lost one third of its funding in 1981 and was told to reduce its student numbers by one fifth within three years. The university has a balanced financial budget, well oversubscribed courses, and the average A level scores of entrants are over the national average in all subjects taught. The books looks at the ways in which the university dealt with rapid change, looking particularly at the decision making processes within the university and the ways in which internal power and politics influenced decisions made. Previous models of decision making are discussed and a new political model outlined. The book provides a useful and informed analysis of the context, politics and management of change in the university system.

part |54 pages

The Context of Change

chapter Chapter 1|18 pages

University Development

chapter Chapter 2|16 pages

The University of Aston in Birmingham

chapter Chapter 3|19 pages

Restructuring the University System

part |68 pages

The Case Study of Change

chapter Chapter 4|36 pages

The Management of Change at Aston

chapter Chapter 5|16 pages

The Death of a Department

chapter Chapter 6|15 pages

Innovation in Adversity

part |58 pages

The Politics of Change

chapter Chapter 7|20 pages

Models of University Organizations

chapter Chapter 8|18 pages

Academics as Managers

chapter Chapter 9|19 pages

The Need for a New Policy