Higher Education

, Volume 65, Issue 1, pp 79–93 | Cite as

A reinterpretation of institutional transformations in European higher education: strategising pluralistic organisations in multiplex environments

  • Nicoline Frølich
  • Jeroen Huisman
  • Stig Slipersæter
  • Bjørn Stensaker
  • Paulo Charles Pimentel Bótas


The paper draws on institutional theory with special attention to recent contributions that aim at developing its micro-foundations. We address the question of how individual higher education institutions deal with institutional pluralism. We develop an analytical framework inspired by institutional theory, the sensemaking perspective in organisation theory and strategy-as-practice to connect the macro-transformation processes of the organisational field and the micro-processes of organisational strategising.


Strategy Institutional theory Micro–macro Diversity Sensemaking 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nicoline Frølich
    • 1
  • Jeroen Huisman
    • 2
  • Stig Slipersæter
    • 3
  • Bjørn Stensaker
    • 1
  • Paulo Charles Pimentel Bótas
    • 2
  1. 1.NIFU, Nordic Institute for Studies in Innovation, Research and EducationOsloNorway
  2. 2.International Centre for Higher Education Management, School of ManagementUniversity of BathBathUK
  3. 3.The Research Council of NorwayOsloNorway

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