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Internal Quality Assurance System (IQAS) affects the functioning of universities, especially in the area of education. Its high or low degree of formalization may be more supportive of individualism or collectivism and the sense of collectiveness of the academic community. Thanks to the formal and informal elements of IQAS, the academic community can be formed using internal differentiation (groups and layers). The chapter aims to find answers to three questions:

  1. RQ1: What is the right tool to measure academic community collectiveness?
  2. RQ2: What is the relationship between academic community collectiveness and IQAS?
  3. RQ3: What elements of IQAS contribute to academic community collectiveness?

Using bibliometric and critical analysis, the concept and features of the academic community were characterized. On this basis, an original model of building academic community collectiveness was developed, conditioned by the formalization of IQAS. Finally, the level of teamwork selected for the academic community pilot studies was checked using the Lencioni model. The results of the study confirmed that full teamwork in actions and behaviours was not achieved by its members, which is an indication for further work within this community on its team functioning. They also showed some imperfections in the tool used, which may be the basis for its improvement. This chapter is prepared from the perspective of management, quality assurance and human relations.

In: Building an Academic Community
In: Building an Academic Community
Challenges for Education Quality Management
Both HEIs and academic communities are affected by global trends that pose many challenges. This raises dilemmas related to community building and the cooperation between academic community members, which requires the exchange of experience, knowledge and information on different levels. Therefore, it is necessary to discuss new approaches and methods to manage the learning and teaching process, as well as methods and tools that support the development of the academic community.

This edited volume book tackles this multifaceted phenomenon by combining diverse viewpoints of scholars and practitioners. It captures the nuances of different scientific disciplines, including management science, psychology and pedagogy. What distinguishes the book is its innovation, multidimensionality, interdisciplinarity and methodological diversity.

Building an Academic Community. Challenges for Education Quality Management shows the experiences of different HEIs struggling with current trends in the post-pandemic era such as the change of the university model with an emphasis on practical and competence learning and the technologization of the education process. It can be a valuable basis for future activities to develop the academic community and the quality of education at HEIs.