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Is Oxford a mess? (1)

John Kay is misleading: Oxford does have a problem but it's not the one he thinks it is

By Alan Ryan   January 2001

John kay has occupied a good deal of space in the national press, and even more in Prospect last month, complaining that his failure to create the business school he wanted in Oxford was all the fault of the university’s sclerotic management practices, and evidence of its slow descent into mediocrity-illustrated by its third place in various league tables, behind Cambridge and then Imperial College. If Kay is right, the truth is clear-Oxford is gently going down the drain, encumbered by slow-moving committees, excessive academic democracy, and an unwillingness to seize commercial opportunities.

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