6.1 Academic Leadership

  • Lars Engwall Uppsala University
  • Mats Edenius Uppsala University
  • Ulla Eriksson-Zetterquist Gothenburg University
  • Kerstin Sahlin Uppsala University
Keywords: Business Education, Management Education, Academic Leadership, Universities


For a long time, the collegial principle has been the rule in academic institutions. Collegiality is manifested in activities like peer-review processes, seminar work as well as how institutions are managed. First, it will be of interest to shed light on the development over time and space for the selection of university leaders on all levels. Second, the track should address autonomy, impact and power relations between different bodies in academic institutions. Third, there are reasons to deal with the actual work of academic leaders. Here, there are classical studies of corporate executives showing that they to a considerable extent are disturbed with limited control of their work (Carlson, 1951). Fourth, it is of interest to illuminate and investigate the tendency of increasing administrative overload (cf. e.g. Ramirez, 2000) and its results. In addition, of course, a number of other issues would fit into this track on academic leadership. 


Alajoutsijärvi, Kimmo & Kettunen, Kertu (2016). The ´Dean’s Squeeze’ Revisited: A Contextual Approach. Journal of Management Development, 35(3), pp. 326-340.

Carlson, Sune (1951). Executive Behaviour: A Study of the Work Load and the Working Methods of Managing Directors. Stockholm: Strömbergs.

Carlzon, Jan (1987). Moments of Truth. Cambridge, MA: Ballinger.

Engwall, Lars (2014). “The Recruitment of University Leaders: Politics, Communities and Markets in Interaction”. Scandinavian Journal of Management, 30(3), pp. 332-343.

Engwall, Lars (2018). “Montesquieu in the University: the Governance of World-Class Institutions of Higher Education and Research”. European Review, 26 (2), pp. 285-298.

Engwall, Lars & Lindvall Eriksson, Carin (2012). ”Leaders of Modern Universities: Primi Inter Pares or Chief Executive Officers?”. In: Stefan Tengblad (ed.), The Work of Managers. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 206-225.

Goodall, Amanda (2009). Socrates in the Boardroom: Why Research Universities Should be Led by Top Scholars. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

Ramirez, Francisco O. (2020). ”The Socially Embedded American University: Intensification and Globalization”. In Engwall, Lars (2020). Missions of Universities: Past, Present, Future, Cham: Springer Nature, pp. 131−161.

Risling, Anders & Edenius, Mats (2019). Prefekt: framtidens ledarskap för forskning och utveckling. Stockholm: Sanoma utbildning.

Sahlin, Kerstin & Eriksson-Zetterquist, Ulla (2016). Kollegialitet: en modern styrform. Lund: Studentlitteratur.