This PhD research explores how strategic university governance can facilitate the implementation of the ‘regional mission’ in the situation of ‘mission stretch’ when universities are trying to target multiple strategic missions at once.

This research contributes to:            

  • Academic discussions of conceptual and methodological approaches to the study of university governance; and
  • Our understanding of the governance of university-regional engagement on the strategic and operational levels.

Furthermore, it generates insights for policymakers and administrators with respect to capitalising on universities’ non-instrumental (cultural) facets and human resource potential for engaging with their regions without undermining the missions of research and teaching.

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