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Commodity and Community: Institutional Design for the Networked University

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dc.contributor.author Agre, Philip E. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-07-31T15:18:46Z
dc.date.available 2009-07-31T15:18:46Z
dc.date.issued 2000 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2008-03-03 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2008-03-03 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/4553
dc.description.abstract From Introduction: "Information technology and its uses unsettle the university as an institution. Institutions are shaped by the practicalities of information, and they exist largely to mitigate information problems (Melody 1987). Now, however, we are confronted with radically improved technologies of information. It stands to reason that the university as an institution will change. But how? Proposals are strikingly diverse. Some proposals treat the university as a purveyor of human capital; they envision a micromarketplace in learning services. Other proposals treat the university as a site for the pooling of knowledge; they envision the Internet as a tool to amplify this pooling on a global basis. Each type of proposal isolates one feature of the university as we know it today. Call them the commodity model -- the university as a competitor in a marketplace -- and the community model -- the university as an idealized microcosm of society. Despite the inherent tension between them, the commodity and community models have always coexisted in the institutional design of the university. And no matter how radical the changes in technology become, I will argue that the university must continue to manage this tension." en_US
dc.subject information technology en_US
dc.subject universities en_US
dc.subject commodification en_US
dc.title Commodity and Community: Institutional Design for the Networked University en_US
dc.type Working Paper en_US
dc.subject.sector Information & Knowledge en_US
dc.submitter.email efcastle@indiana.edu en_US

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