Institutional Design Futures: Call for Conference Papers

The Center for Organization Research and Design at Arizona State University is accepting proposals for conference papers for the April 2015 conference, Institutional Design Futures: Higher Education .

Issues of organizational theory and institutional design begin to transcend the boundary between theory and practice as the Obama administration continues its push to create a new college rating system. The stated ambition of making access to public resources contingent upon institutional performance raises a host of important considerations for the future of higher education. As new organizational forms emerge in the realm of higher education and new public policies aim to protect public investments therein, questions rise relative to the attributes of organizations that promote and stifle public value.

Conference topics include: Institutional setting and “Dimensional publicness” in higher education; public, private and for-profit sector differences in higher education and public value assessments of university performance, the evolution and future designs of universities.

Insights from all perspectives including (but not limited to) economics, public administration, organizational studies, sociology and higher education are welcomed. A special emphasis is placed on empirical contributions, both qualitative and quantitative, but conceptual papers will be considered.

The conference will feature a mix of scholarly research and practitioner experience with keynote speeches by eminent researchers but also academic administrative leaders. A moderated plenary panel will feature Presidents and Past-Presidents of major universities discussing the major conference themes, particularly future institutional designs.

An objective of the conference is to include conference papers in a special issue of a major journal and other papers will be chosen for inclusion in an edited book volume.

Proposals for papers or panels are due by October 15, 2014. Please submit proposals, not to exceed 250 words, Dr. Derrick Anderson (

The conference will take place at the Scottsdale Resort ( in Scottsdale, Arizona on April 9-10, 2015.

For more information please consult the CORD website (see below) or contact:

Dr. Barry Bozeman (
Arizona Centennial Professor of Technology Policy and Public Management
Director, Center for Organization Research and Design
Arizona State University

Dr. Derrick Anderson (
Assistant Professor
School of Public Affairs & Center for Organization Research and Design
Arizona State University

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