After analysing the organisational pathologies and societal ills created
by the neoliberalisation of universities, the article engages in an
organisational critique of the pseudo-business model currently in use.
It poses as a solution the re-creation of universities as trusts, with a
model of beneficiary ownership, a matrix form of organisation and
renewed relations with society. For inspiration it looks to beneficiaryrun
organisations on the model of the John Lewis Partnership or
the Mondragón University. The article explains why such beneficial
matrix organisations are superior to current universities and how they
offer an opportunity to recreate universities for the public good.