Maree Conway

Maree Conway
Foresight Futures

BA, GradDip Strategic Foresight, MEdAdmin (Hons) PhD

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Introduction
I completed my PhD on contested ideas of the university enabling and constraining possible futures. My research is qualitative and interpretive, and uses foresight methods. My work role is as founder of my business, Thinking Futures, which helps people come together to have conversations about the future to imagine new futures for their organisations into existence. My website is at http://foresightfutures.net.
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Additional affiliations
May 2012 - January 2021
Swinburne University of Technology
Position
  • PhD by Practice Based Research
April 2005 - December 2007
Victoria University Melbourne
Position
  • Managing Director

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Publications (23)
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A new Futures Conversations Framework (FCF) is proposed in this paper, one that draws on Integral Futures to integrate four types of conversations about futures – Self, Culture, Change and Futures – that each hold assumptions about how futures are understood and articulated in the present. The FCF is a design frame that seeks to ensure that any use...
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Purpose This study aims to identify and explore the nature of ideas of the university in the present to demonstrate how the ideas both enable and constrain the emergence of its possible futures. Design/methodology/approach An integrated literature review of work on the western university was undertaken to identify the defining elements of ideas di...
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This paper provides an overview of strategic thinking as a critical competency for people who are crafting strategy for the future of their organisations. It covers what strategic planning is and provides an outline of the steps required to implement strategic thinking processes in organisations.
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Universities are complex organisations requiring a range of skills, knowledge and expertise to operate effectively. Since the last quarter of the 20th century, when a separate administrative work jurisdiction began to emerge, academics and administrators have had to co-exist in universities. With growing pressures from government for accountability...
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Purpose – This viewpoint paper aims to review the book Educating Educators with Social Media, Charles Wankel (Emerald Group Publishing). Design/methodology/approach – The paper provides an overview of the book, key messages and implications for the future. Findings – Social media is already being used in higher education and its almost ubiquitous u...
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Purpose – This viewpoint paper aims to provide an overview of this special issue of On The Horizon on new media and learning. An integral framework which can be used to inform thinking about factors to consider when integrating new media into existing learning approaches is also discussed. Design/methodology/approach – The paper highlights the mess...
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The future is full of uncertainties that will create new ways of living, working and just being in the world. Humankind knows this either consciously or unconsciously, since thinking about and planning for the future, is an innate human capacity. When we plan for the future, however, there is an often unspoken assumption underpinning thinking that...
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Developing a foresight capacity to underpin the development of policy and strategy is not a new activity for numerous organisations and governments, and is not confined to any one or two world regions. Many futures approaches and tools can be used to develop a foresight capacity, but a basic tenet of good futures work requires that decisions about...
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Le personnel universitaire, ainsi que la recherche, l’enseignement et l’acquisition du savoir auxquels il se consacre, constituent le cœur même des universités, ce qui n’est que normal. Mais dans l’université moderne, ces fonctions ne pourraient pas être menées à bien sans l’apport du personnel des services généraux (aussi appelé « personnel admini...
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Academic staff and the academic research, teaching and scholarship they undertake are quite properly the prime focus in universities. However, in the modern university, these functions could not be carried out without the input of general (AKA "nonacademic") staff. Staff who are not members of academe represent about 50% of all staff, and as a grou...
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Academic staff and the academic research, teaching and scholarship they undertake are quite properly the prime focus in universities. However, in the modern university, these functions could not be carried out without the input of general (AKA “nonacademic”) staff. Staff who are not members of academe represent about 50% of all staff, and as a grou...
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Universities are undergoing a process of transformation as their purpose, their relevance and the way their work is carried out is challenged. The increasingly global marketplace for higher education requires a perspective very different to traditional strategic planning. What will be the impact of transformation and globalisation on the university...
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Le personnel universitaire, ainsi que la recherche, l’enseignement et l’acquisition du savoir auxquels il se consacre, constituent le cœur même des universités, ce qui n’est que normal. Mais dans l’université moderne, ces fonctions ne pourraient pas être menées à bien sans l’apport du personnel des services généraux (aussi appelé « personnel admini...
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This is a brief overview of the different types of foresight methodologies that can be employed in organisations which are actively exploring the future. It is based on the Generic Foresight Process developed by Dr Joseph Voros - Joseph Voros, (2003) "A generic foresight process framework", Foresight, 5 : 3, pp.10 - 21.
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Many works on higher education management describe the relationship between academics and administrators with terms such as "conflict", "competitive", "tension" or "negative". Some even describe the often dysfunctional relationship as an organisational characteristic. Yet none of these works, even those written by administrator s, go much beyond su...
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Brief Biography Maree Conway has worked in Australian universities and colleges for over 20 years, and has recently taken up the position of General Manager, Planning, Quality and Information at Victoria University in Melbourne, Australia. Before that Maree was Director, Foresight, Planning and Review and Director, External Submissions at Swinburne...

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Newman's usage of the term 'the idea of a university' in his 1853 publication is often cited as the origin of the concept, which has changed over time to 'the idea of the university'. Von Humboldt's establishment of the University of Berlin in 1811 has an idea of a university embedded in it even if the term itself is not used.
I'm interested to find out specifically if there was anyone who used this or a similar term (the idea of a/the university) in a published work before 1800 NOT about the history of the university (which I have already researched). Thanks.

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