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One minor Canadian publishing event of note this fall was the release of Anthony Lacavera’s How We Can Win (or possibly, Kate Fillion’s How We Can Win, since it’s fairly clear she’s the one who actually wrote it). Lacavera is a minor celebrity in Canada for having been a serial CEO, most notably of WIND Canada, which briefly challenged the Bell/Telus/Rogers telecom oligopoly. Since the book is about innovation policy, it sort of falls into the ambit of this blog, so here we are.
Though it didn’t get a whole lot of ink/pixels, the Council of Ontario Universities launched a new lobbying campaign last week. It’s called Partnering for a Better Future for Ontario and its focal point is a document of the same name – you can read the short version of the report here (yes, I know, only in academia could the short version of a lobbying report be 44 pages long). In fact, it’s accompanied by a wide variety of supporting documents which are available … [ Read More ]
You may have read recently about how Canada is really sticking it to junior researchers. Dalhousie’s Julia Wright recently wrote about Canada haemorrhaging early-career research capacity and she has a point – just in the last seven years, the proportion of Canadian faculty aged 40 or less has fallen by a third, from roughly 22% to just over 15%.
The question, of course, is “why”? Some – including Wright – just blame a “shrinking academic labour market”, which tends to (either by … [ Read More ]
For fairly obvious reasons, nationalism has been on people’s minds in higher education lately. Nationalist/populists are on the loose, and their values and policies appear to be inimical to those of higher education. The standard higher education party line usually includes i) something about knowledge knowing no boundaries ii) some reference to the earliest universities in Italy where the student body was fully international and iii) something about building global understanding for peace/trade/development/whatever.
And that’s all true as far as it … [ Read More ]
Capitalism without Capital is the title of an intriguing new book from Jonathan Haskel and Stian Westlake. The book documents the rise of an economy where more and more value resides in intangibles rather than tangibles (note: intangibles doesn’t necessarily just mean digital products and services – it can also mean things like branding, design, and business processes). This isn’t the first time someone has made this observation – Charles Leadbetter’s Living on Thin Air comes to mind – but it is the … [ Read More ]