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Higher Education Dynamics

Mergers in Higher Education

The Experience from Northern Europe

Editors: Pinheiro, Rómulo, Geschwind, Lars, Aarrevaara, Timo (Eds.)

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  • ​Provides an up-to-date and integrated comparative account of merger processes involving HE institutions across the Nordic region
  • Moves beyond description towards in-depth analysis of the complexities inherent to the ‘black-box’ of the implementation process
  • Brings together leading social scientists based in the region with vast knowledge of the subject
  • Bridges theory and practice, by providing policy makers and institutional managers with critical insights substantiated on solid empirical evidence    
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This book addresses the critical knowledge gaps of mergers involving higher education institutions. It is based on a comparative research project (spring 2013-spring 2015) investigating the phenomena of mergers involving higher education institutions across the Nordic countries – Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark. The study involved close to 30 scholars from the region, and aimed at shedding critical light on, and providing novel contributions around, the following key aspects: 

  • Conceptual and theoretical approaches – strengths and limitations - towards the study of the phenomena of mergers in higher education; 
  • Historical developments, leading to significant structural changes in the domestic higher education landscape, and, in turn, how mergers have been used as a policy/institutional mechanism to foster adaptation to a new external environment at the local, national, regional and international levels; 
  • The complex dynamics inherent to merger processes by undertaking an in-depth investigation of a series of selected case studies, with a particular focus on the “black-box” associated with the implementation process;
  • The implications of the findings as regards future policy and strategic endeavours, theory development and future research agenda.    

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Table of contents (14 chapters)

Table of contents (14 chapters)
  • A World Full of Mergers: The Nordic Countries in a Global Context

    Pages 3-25

    Pinheiro, Rómulo (et al.)

  • Mergers in Norwegian Higher Education

    Pages 29-42

    Kyvik, Svein (et al.)

  • Conflicting Rationalities: Mergers and Consolidations in Swedish Higher Education Policy

    Pages 43-58

    Benner, Mats (et al.)

  • Merger Mania? The Finnish Higher Education Experience

    Pages 59-72

    Aarrevaara, Timo (et al.)

  • Mergers in Danish Higher Education: An Overview over the Changing Landscape

    Pages 73-88

    Aagaard, Kaare (et al.)

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eBook $99.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-21918-9
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Mergers in Higher Education
Book Subtitle
The Experience from Northern Europe
Editors
  • Rómulo Pinheiro
  • Lars Geschwind
  • Timo Aarrevaara
Series Title
Higher Education Dynamics
Series Volume
46
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-21918-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-21918-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-21917-2
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-37262-4
Series ISSN
1571-0378
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 236
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