Palgrave Studies in Global Higher Education

Managing Universities

Policy and Organizational Change from a Western European Comparative Perspective

Editors: Bleiklie, Ivar, Enders, Jürgen, Lepori, Benedetto (Eds.)

  • Reports on research findings from a large scale comparative study of organisational characteristics of 26 universities in eight European countries
  • Includes contributions from leading figures in the field of higher education
  • Develops a new conceptual understanding of university organisations and their relationship with national politics and policies
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About this book

This book asks how modern universities are organized and managed, and questions whether 30 years of university reforms have resulted in stronger managerial structures and leadership control. It further asks whether current organisational and decision-making structures can be explained by public reform policies. The book offers a coherent, empirically grounded and theoretically driven presentation of data and core ideas behind a large scale comparative study of 26 universities across eight European countries. It focuses on the strength of university managerial structures, the role of academics, and how universities relate to and depend on their environment: to governments and other actors; to funders; to evaluators; and to external stakeholders. It further explores how higher education policies are shaped by and affect universities. Written by a cross-disciplinary team of European scholars, this book is unique both in its wide coverage and the depth of its analyses. It will be of great interest to scholars, graduate students and advanced undergraduates in the fields of organisation theory and sociology, policy studies, comparative public policy and administration, and higher education studies. It will also be of interest to higher education policy makers and administrators.

About the authors

Ivar Bleiklie is Professor in the Department of Administration and Organization Theory at the University of Bergen, Norway.

Jürgen Enders is Professor of Higher Education Management in the School of Management at the University of Bath, UK.

Benedetto Lepori is Professor in the Interdisciplinary Institute of Data Science at the Università della Svizzera Italiana, Switzerland, where he leads the Research Group on Science and Higher Education Studies.

Reviews

“A reference in terms of applying advanced organization theory perspectives to academic institutions and policies. The concept of universities as penetrated hierarchies provides a major tool to understand what has occurred in Western European countries since the late 1900s. The book covers at the same time how universities are run inside, and how higher education public policies may or may not impact them strategically and administratively. Lessons to be learned from this transition should attract the attention of organizational theorists, but also of practitioners and policy-makers operating in European countries as well as in other regions of the world.” (Jean-Claude Thoenig, University of Paris-Dauphine, co-author of In Search of Academic Quality)

“The book shows the extent to which and the ways public European universities are shaped by national political administrative regimes as well as sectoral higher education policy regimes. Thus, it provides not only very valuable empirical and conceptual insights for scholars of higher education reform, organization, administration, and management, but can offer lessons to practitioners and policy-makers in Europe as well as other regions of the world.” (Anna Kosmützky, University of Kassel, Germany)

Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • Setting the Stage—Theory and Research Questions

    Bleiklie, Ivar (et al.)

    Pages 3-29

  • A Sociological Experiment on Methodological Design—Strengths and Limits of a Pragmatist Approach to Research Methods in the TRUE Project

    Lepori, Benedetto

    Pages 31-53

  • Working in the Shadow of Hierarchy: Organisational Autonomy and Venues of External Influence in European Universities

    Boer, Harry (et al.)

    Pages 57-83

  • Budgeting Practices in European Universities

    Seeber, Marco (et al.)

    Pages 85-105

  • The Transformative Power of Evaluation on University Governance

    Reale, Emanuela (et al.)

    Pages 107-137

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eBook $79.99
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Hardcover $99.99
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  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Managing Universities
Book Subtitle
Policy and Organizational Change from a Western European Comparative Perspective
Editors
  • Ivar Bleiklie
  • Jürgen Enders
  • Benedetto Lepori
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Global Higher Education
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-53865-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-53865-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-53864-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 329
Number of Illustrations and Tables
8 b/w illustrations
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