MANY PEOPLE FROM AROUND THE WORLD have provided me intellectual support and shown me kindness throughout this project. Scholars who were unknown to me have been prepared to read my papers and send me invaluable comments. Thank you.
I would especially like to thank three individuals who have given me so much encouragement: Ron Ehrenberg at Cornell University, Charles Oppenheim at Loughborough University, and Henry Rosovsky at Harvard. I have also received generous support from James Adams, Warren Bennis, Alan Bryman, Paula Marshall, Robert May, and Mark Taylor. This book grew out of my PhD thesis at the University of Warwick. I am indebted to my supervisors, David Wilson at Warwick, and Stephen Machín at University College London and the London School of Economics, and grateful also for the assistance I have received from Howard Thomas, Dean of Warwick Business School.
This work has been enhanced by the interview material from university leaders. I am extremely grateful to those who agreed to be interviewed, both in the United Kingdom and the United States—all of whom have little time to spare. They include: George Bain, Derek Bok, Glynis Breakwell, Robert Burgess, Yvonne Carter, Kim Clark, Ivor Crewe, Howard Davies, Anthony Giddens, Alan Gilbert, David Grant, Amy Gutmann, Patrick Harker, John Heilbron, John Hood, Jeremy Knowles (who sadly died in April 2008), Paul Nurse, Andrew Pettigrew, Henry Rosovsky, David Skorton, Lawrence Summers, Richard Sykes, Eric Thomas, Nigel Thrift, and Bill Wakeham. I am equally indebted to those I interviewed from professional service firms: Maurice Dwyer, Peter Oborn, Kieran Poynter, Graham Shuttleworth, and also Paul McGrath and John Silver, and finally, to those anonymous interviewees in the case study of a selection panel.
Thank you to Rose Batt, Fran Blau, Robert Frank, Kevin Hallock, Alice Isen, Kirabo Jackson, Larry Kahn, Darrie O'Connell, Robin Remick, and John Sipple who gave me useful comments while I was a research fellow in the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University (where this book was mostly written). I am also thankful to Uschi Backes-Gellner, Josef Falkinger, Egon Franck, Andrea Schenker, Liliana Winkleman, and Rainer Winkleman at the University of Zurich (where the book was finished off). I was given helpful and encouraging comments on the first draft of this book from William Bowen and other anonymous referees—thank you.