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

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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.

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Frølich, N., Huisman, J., Slipersæter, S. et al. A reinterpretation of institutional transformations in European higher education: strategising pluralistic organisations in multiplex environments. High Educ 65, 79–93 (2013). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10734-012-9582-8

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Keywords

  • Strategy
  • Institutional theory
  • Micro–macro
  • Diversity
  • Sensemaking