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This page contains links to information about corporatization in higher education, though it is by no means comprehensive. Please feel free to offer suggested links in the comments. See also Academic freedom.

**Items marked with a double asterisk are available to borrow at the AUNBT office, OH143, UNBSJ.



  • Aronowitz, Stanley. The Knowledge Factory: Dismantling the Corporate University and Creating True Higher Learning.
  • Bell, S. Government Policy, Corporate Money, and University Behaviour: An Analysis of the Board of Industrial Leadership and Development Matching Research Grant Program 1981-1983. Toronto: University of Toronto, 1988.
  • NEW: Berry, Joe. Reclaiming the Ivory Tower: Organizing Adjuncts to Change Higher Education. Monthly Review Press & North American Alliance for Fair Employment, 2005.
  • Bloom, M.R. Ethical Guidelines for Business-Education Partnerships. Ottawa: The Conference Board of Canada, 1995.
  • Bok, Derek. Universities in the Marketplace: The Commercialization of Higher Education. Princeton UP, 2003.
  • Bousquet, Marc. How the University Works: Higher education and the low-wage nation. NYU Press, 2008.
  • Bowles, Samuel, and Herbert Gintis. Schooling in Capitalist America: Educational Reform and the Contradictions of Economic Life.
  • Bruneau, William, and Donald C. Savage. Counting Out The Scholars: The case against performance indicators in higher education. Toronto: James Lorimer & Co., 2002.
  • Buchbinder, Howard, and Janice Newson. The University Means Business. Garamond Press, 1988.
  • Calvert, John, and Larry Kuehn. Pandora’s Box: Corporate Power, Free Trade and Canadian Education. Toronto: James Lorimer & Co., 1993.
  • Donoghue, Frank. The Last Professors: The Corporate University and the Fate of the Humanities. Fordham UP, 2008.
  • Downs, James T., Jr., and Jennifer Manion, ed. Taking Back the Academy!: History of Activism, History as Activism. Routledge, 2004.
  • Engell, James, and Anthony Dangerfield. Saving Higher Education in the Age of Money. University of Virginia Press, 2005.
  • Giroux, Henry. The University in Chains: Confronting the Military-Industrial-Academic Complex.
  • Giroux, Henry, and Susan Searls Giroux. Take Back Higher Education.
  • Gould, Eric. The University in a Corporate Culture. Yale University Press, 2003.
  • Greenberg, Daniel S. Science for Sale: The Perils, Rewards, and Delusions of Campus Capitalism. U of Chicago P, 2007.
  • Hamilton, Neil W. Academic Ethics: Problems and Materials on Professional Conduct and Shared Governance. Praeger, 2002.
  • Leitch, Vincent. “Work Theory.” Critical Inquiry (Winter 2005): 286-301.
  • Mandel, David. Academic Corporation. Black Rose, 1987.
  • Marginson, Simon, and Mark Considine. The Enterprise University: Power, Governance and Reinvention in Australia. Cambridge University Press, 2000.
  • Margolis, Eric, ed. The Hidden Curriculum in Higher Education. Routledge, 2001.
  • Martin, Randy, ed. Chalk Lines: The Politics of Work in the Managed University.
  • Nelson, Cary, Manifesto of a Tenured Radical.
  • Nelson, Cary, and Michael Bérubé. Higher Education Under Fire.
  • Nelson, Cary, and Stephen Watt. Academic Keywords: A Devil’s Dictionary for Higher Education.
  • Nelson, Cary, and Stephen Watt. Office Hours: Activism and Change in the Academy.
  • Newfield, Christopher. Unmaking the Public University: The Forty-Year Assault on the Middle Class.
  • Noble, David. Digital Diploma Mills: The automation of higher education. Monthly Review Press, 2001.
  • Paquette, Jerry. Publicly Supported Education in Post-Modern Canada: An Imploding Universe? Toronto: James Lorimer & Co., 1994.
  • Pocklington, Tom and Allan Tupper. No Place to Learn: Why Universities Aren’t Working. U of Washington P, 2002.
  • Polster, Claire. “The Future of the Liberal University in the Era of the Global Knowledge Grab.” Higher Education 39.1 (Jan 2000): 19-41. (Available on EbscoHost).
  • Press, Eyal, and Jennifer Washburn. “The Kept University.” The Atlantic Monthly. (March 2000): 39-54. (Available on EbscoHost).
  • Reimer, Marilee, ed. Inside Corporate U: Women in the Academy Speak Out. Toronto: Sumach Press, 2004.
  • Rhoades, Gary. Managed Professionals: Unionized Faculty and Restructuring Academic Labor.
  • Saltman, Kenneth J. Collateral Damage: Corporatizing Public Schools — A Threat to Democracy. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2000.
  • Saltman, Kenneth J., and David A. Gabbard, ed. Education as Enforcement: The Militarization and Corporatization of Schools. Routledge, 2003. [both about K-12 in the U.S.A., but still of interest]
  • Shulman, Seth. Owning the Future: Staking Claims on the Knowledge Frontier, Houghton Mifflin, 1999.
  • Slaughter, S., and L.L. Leslie. Academic Capitalism: Politics, Policies, and the Entrepreneurial University. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1997.
  • Slaughter, Sheila, and Gary Rhoades. Academic Capitalism and the New Economy: Markets, State, and Higher Education. The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004.
  • Soley, Lawrence C. Leasing the Ivory Tower: The Corporate Takeover of Academia. South End Press, 1995.
  • Soloway, Albert H. Failed Grade: The Corporatization And Decline of Higher Education. American University & Colleges Press, 2006.
  • **Tudiver, Nick. Universities for Sale: Resisting Corporate Control over Canadian Higher Education. Toronto: CAUT/James Lorimer & Co., 1999.
  • **Turk, James, ed. The Corporate Campus: Commercialization and the Dangers to Canada’s Colleges and Universities. Toronto: CAUT/James Lorimer & Co., 2000.
  • Turk, James. Universities at Risk: How Politics, Special Interests and Corporatization Threaten Academic Integrity. Toronto: CAUT/James Lorimer & Co., 2008.
  • Washburn, Jennifer. University Inc.: The Corporate Corruption of Higher Learning. Basic Books, 2005.
  • White, Geoffry D., and Flannery C. Hauck, ed. Campus, Inc.: Corporate Power in the Ivory Tower. Prometheus Books, 2000.
  • Williams, Jeffrey. “The Post-Welfare State University.” American Literary History (ALH) 18 (2006): 190-216.

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  1. October 14, 2007 9:53 pm

    At a time when student tuition is skyrocketing, why are private companies signing exclusive, secret contracts with universities and profiting through services, advertising and research carried out on campus?…

    And why do students have less say than ever before regarding how their institutions are operated?…

    “A New Paradigm for Paying the Piper: Access, Control and Commercialization at Halifax Universities” is a new report launched by the Nova Scotia Public Interest Research Group.

    You can download it for free at:

  2. October 14, 2007 10:18 pm

    Thanks, Dave; I have added it to the page.

  3. January 31, 2008 6:15 am

    We have completed a major Leonardo Da Vinci European project undertaking empirical research into corporate university and multi-enterprise clusters best practice in the context of lifelong learning. Results show that there are stacks of academic and business grass roots innovations taking place in demand-led learning – not education. Crossing the rubicon into demand-led learning is a challenging and interesting development. Who should take the lead?

  4. January 31, 2008 7:30 am

    Wow. Check out the site for more of the same. Brave new world.


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