A triple helix of issues with Andrew Jaspan's leadership of The Conversation created great friction within the ambitious start-up, leading to his resignation last week, sources have told Crikey.

The Conversation announced on Friday that Jaspan would be moving on to a new "Global Academy" project at RMIT. The announcement came after three university vice-chancellors, who ran an inquiry into the strategy of The Conversation, reported their findings to the board.