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Confronting globalisation: learning from intercontinental collaboration
journal contributionposted on 01.01.2005, 00:00 authored by Staffan Larsson, David BoudDavid Boud, Madeleine Abrandt Dahlgren, Shirley Walters, Tom Sork
Higher education institutions are responding to globalisation in various ways. This study describes and analyses challenges encountered in a recent case of global collaboration between four universities on different continents in developing a web‐based master’s program. The key issue was how to develop programs in a way that is fair for the different countries involved. The focus of the paper is on tensions between local and national contexts, rules and resources and the creation of a common global program. ‘Agency’, ‘structure’ and ‘frame factor’ are used as analytical concepts to help understand the dynamics of the collaboration and the character of the program.