Monthly Archives: September 2009

Illustration of runners, with a yellow runner out in front of 4 blue runners

The Big Five Proposal: Why We Shouldn’t Pick Winners


Just over a year ago, a debate emerged in Canada over the so-called “Big Five” proposal for Canadian universities. While it succeeded in grabbing headlines, I wouldn’t put my money on  it ever seeing the light of day. At best, the proposal represents ill-advised and overly-simplistic thinking.  At worst, it’s a shameless attempt by five […]

Book covers for "Research and Innovation Policy" and "National Innovation and the Academic Research Enterprize"

Disentangling University Research Policies


G. Bruce Doern and Christopher Stoney (editors). Research and Innovation Policy: Changing Federal Government – University Relations. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2009. David D. Dill and Frans A. Van Vught (editors). National Innovation and the Academic Research Enterprise: Public Policy in Global Perspective. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010.