Academic capitalism and academic culture: A case study.


  • Pilar Mendoza University of Florida
  • Joseph B. Berger University of Massachusetts-Amherst



higher education, organizational culture, privatization, technology transfer


This case study investigated the impact of academic capitalism on academic culture by examining the perspectives of faculty members in an American academic department with significant industrial funding. The results of this study indicate that faculty members believe that the broad integrity of the academic culture remains unaffected in this department and they consider industrial sponsorship as a highly effective vehicle for enhancing the quality of education of students and pursuing their scientific interests. This study provides valuable insights to federal and institutional policiescreated to foster industry-academia partnerships and commercialization of academic research.


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Author Biographies

Pilar Mendoza, University of Florida

Pilar Mendoza is assistant professor in the Department of Educational Administration & Policy in the College of Education at the University of Florida. Her research focuses on the impact of academic capitalism on the public good of higher education.

Joseph B. Berger, University of Massachusetts-Amherst

Joseph B. Berger is associate professor and chair of the Department of Educational Policy, Research, and Administration in the School of Education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He specializes in the study of organization and leadership in higher education as sources of impact on students, faculty and administrators.




How to Cite

Mendoza, P., & Berger, J. B. . (2008). Academic capitalism and academic culture: A case study. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 16, 23.