Globalization and its Influence on the Governance Paradigm of Australian Public Universities

By Joseph Christopher.

Published by The Global Studies Journal

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This study aims to examine the extent to which globalization has influenced the governance paradigm of Australian public universities. Using a qualitative methodology and analyzing the data against a multi-theoretical governance framework, the findings suggest that the true impact of globalization is dependent on a number of wider influencing forces pertinent to an individual organization. Universities reacted differently to these forces, resulting in different levels of development and implementation of their governance mechanisms and processes. The theoretical implications of the findings support a multi-theoretical approach to governance to facilitate the identification of an organization’s wider influencing forces. The practical implications provide for the identification and incorporation of such forces within an organization’s governance framework to ensure a holistic approach to developing and implementing governance mechanisms and processes. The findings provide avenues for further research with other industry sectors to confirm the above theoretical and practical propositions.

Keywords: Globalization, Internationalization, Governance, Multi-theoretical Governance, Framework

Global Studies Journal, Volume 4, Issue 1, pp.109-122. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 752.259KB).

Dr. Joseph Christopher

Lecturer, School of Accounting, Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia, Australia

Dr. Joe Christopher is a Senior Lecturer in Auditing, Governance and Ethics at the School of Accounting, Curtin University of Technology, Western Australia. He comes from a background as an Internal Audit Practitioner and has spent a considerable period in the private and university sector prior to embarking in an academic career. His research interests are in the area of governance and internal auditing. Joe has presented research papers in numerous international and national accounting conferences on topics of internal audit and governance. He has published articles in quality journals such as Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal, Critical Perspectives of Accounting and Managerial Auditing Journal.

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