Selected Books on
Organization, Management, and Strategy
in Colleges and Universities


Alfred, R.L (2006). Managing the big picture in colleges and universities. Westport, CT: Praeger.

Arum, R. & Roksa, J. (2011). Academically adrift: Limited learning on college campuses. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Bastedo, M. (Ed.).  (2012).  The organization of higher education: Managing colleges for a new era.  Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.


Bok, D.C. (2002). Universities in the marketplace: The commercialization of higher education. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.


Bryson, J.M. (2018). Strategic planning for public and nonprofit organizations: A guide to strengthening and sustaining organizational achievement, fifth edition.  Hoboken, NJ: Wiley and Sons.

Byrd, W.C. (2021). Behind the diversity numbers: Achieving racial equity on campuses. Cambridge: Harvard Education Press.

Carey, K. (2015). The end of college: Creating the future of learning and the university of everywhere. New York: Penguin Books.


Chabotar, K.J. (2006). Strategic finance: Planning and budgeting for boards, chief executives, and finance officers. Washington, DC: Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges. [Note: This book is out of print but used and Kindle versions are available at reasonable prices at and other sites].

Christensen, C.M., & Eyring, H.J. (2011). The innovative university: Changing the DNA of higher education. Forum for the Future on Higher Education.  Available at


Clark. Burton R. (Ed.). (1984). Perspectives on higher education: Eight disciplinary and comparative views. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Clotfelter, C.T. (2019). Big-time sports in American universities, 2nd edition. New York: Cambridge University Press.


Clotfelter, C.T. (2017). Unequal colleges in the age of disparity. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Cohen, M.D. & March, J.G. (1987). Leadership and ambiguity: The American college president.  Boston:  Harvard Business School Press.


Craig, R. (2015). College disrupted: The great unbundling of higher education. New York: Palgrave-MacMillan. 


Crow, M. M., & Dabars, W. B. (2015). Designing the new American university. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.


Docking, J.R.  (2015). Crisis in higher education: A plan to save small liberal arts colleges in America. East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University Press.


Geiger, R. (2004). Knowledge and money:  Research universities and the paradox of the marketplace. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press. 


Grawe, N.D. (2021). The agile college: How institutions successfully navigate demographic changes. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.


Gumport, P.J. (Ed.). (2007).  Sociology of higher education.  Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.

Gumport, P.J. (2019).  Academic fault lines: The rise of industry logic and public higher education. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.

Hamilton, L.T. & Nielsen, K. (2021). Broke: The racial consequences of under funding public universities. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Hendrickson, R.M., Lane, J.E., Harris, J.T., & Dorman, R.H. (2013). Academic leadership and governance of higher education: a guide for trustees, leaders, and aspiring leaders of two- and four-year institutions. Sterling, VA: Stylus.

Holzer, H.J. & Baum, S. (2017). Making college work: Pathways to success for disadvantaged students. Washington, DC: Brookings Institution.


Hossler, D. & Bontrager, B. (2015). Handbook of strategic enrollment management. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.


Hrabowski, F.A. (2019). The empowered university: Shared leadership, culture change, and academic success. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.


Huisman, J. (Ed.). (2009). International perspectives on the governance of higher education: Alternative frameworks for coordination. New York: Routledge.


Isaacson,W. (2021). The code breaker: Jennifer Doudna, gene editing, and the future of the human race. New York: Simon & Schuster.

Kerr, C. (2001). The uses of the university, fifth edition. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Kezar, A. (2018).  How colleges change: Understanding, leading, and enacting change. Second edition.  New York, NY: Routledge.

Marcy, M.B. (2020). The small college imperative: Models for sustainable futures. Sterling, VA: Stylus Press.


Martinez, M.C. (2021). The Science of higher education: State higher education policy and the laws of scale. Sterling, VA: Stylus Press. 

McGee, J. (2015). Breakpoint: The changing marketplace for higher education. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.


Mintzberg, H., Ahlstrand, B. & Lampel, J. (1998). Strategy safari: A guided tour through the wilds of strategic management.  New York, NY: Free Press.


Morphew, C.C. & Eckel, P.D. (2009). Privatizing the public university: Perspectives from across the academy. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.


Morrill, R.L. (2007). Strategic leadership: Integrating strategy and leadership in colleges and universities.Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield.

Newfield, C.  (2003).  Ivy and industry: Business and the making of the American university, 1880-1980.  Durham, NC: Duke University Press.


Newfield, C. (2016). The great mistake: How we wrecked public universities and how we can fix them. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.


Pfeffer, J. (2015). Leadership BS: Fixing workplaces and careers one truth at a time. New York: Harper Collins.

Pfeffer, J. and Sutton, R.I.  (2006).   Hard facts, dangerous truths, and total nonsense.  Cambridge, MA: Harvard Business School Press.


Posselt, J.R. (2021). Equity in science: Representation, culture, and the dynamics of change and graduate education. Palo Alto: Stanford University Press.

Powers, K. & Henderson, A.E. (Eds.) (2018). Cultivating a data culture in higher education. New York: Routledge.


Shinn, L.D. (2017). Strategic thinking and planning in higher education. Washington, DC: Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges.


Slaughter, S. & Rhoades, G. (2005). Academic capitalism and the new economy. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.


Soliday, J. & Lombardi, M. (2018). Pivot: A vision for the new university. Charleston, SC: Advantage.


Tierney, W. (Ed.). (2004). Competing conceptions of governance: Negotiating the perfect storm.  Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.

Thomas, J.M. (2020). Diversity regimes: Why talk is not enough is fix racial inequality at universities. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.

Thomason, A. (2021). Discredited: The UNC scandal and college athletics amateur ideal. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.


Toma, J.D.  (2010).  Building organizational capacity.  Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.

Trachtenberg, S.J. et al. (2013). Presidencies derailed: Why university leaders fail and how to prevent it. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.

Trachtenberg, S.J. et al. (2018). Leading colleges and universities: Lessons from higher education leaders. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.

Volk, S. & Benedix, B. (2021). The post-pandemic liberal arts college. Cleveland: Belt Publishing. Cleveland: Belt Publishing.


Warner, J. (2020). Sustainable. Resilient. Free: The future of public higher education. Cleveland: Belt Publishing.

Webber. K.L. & Zheng, H.Y. (Eds.). (2020). Big data on campus: Data analytics and decision making. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.

Zemsky, R., Wegner, G.R., & Massy, W.F. (2005). Remaking the American university:  Market-smart and mission-centered.Rutgers, NJ: Rutgers University Press.


Zemsky, R., & Shaman, S. (2017). The market imperative: Segmentation and change in higher education.  Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.


Zemsky, R., Shaman, S. & Baldridge, S.C. (2020). The college stress test: Tracking institutional futures across a crowded market.  Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.