The Power of Collegiality

A Qualitative Analysis of University Presidents‘ Leadership in Germany

  • Nadja Bieletzki

Part of the Organization & Public Management book series (OPM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XV
  2. Nadja Bieletzki
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  3. Nadja Bieletzki
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  8. Back Matter
    Pages 191-209

About this book


Nadja Bieletzki explores how university presidents lead universities. She provides insights into the upper echelons of higher education management and focuses especially on university presidents in Germany. Special attention is given to the career background of university presidents and the way they conduct reform projects. Based on the results from semi-structured expert interviews and their qualitative analysis, the author shows that university presidents do not use all their formal power although their position has been strengthened by law. This can be explained by the collegial characteristics of universities, which drive and restrict presidential actions.


  • Analyzing Higher Education Management
  • Career Paths of University Presidents
  • Understanding Reforms in Universities with Micro/Organizational Politics

Target Groups

  • Researchers and students in the fields of sociology and political sciences with a focus on higher education research and science studies
  • Science managers at higher education and research institutions as well as ministries with an interest in scientific results of higher education research

The Author

Dr. Nadja Bieletzki is coordinator of the Leibniz Center for Science and Society (LCSS) at the Leibniz University of Hannover. 


Universities in Germany Expert interviews Higher education management Reform projects Career background

Authors and affiliations

  • Nadja Bieletzki
    • 1
  1. 1.Leibniz Center for Science and Society (LCSS)Leibniz University of HannoverHannoverGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden GmbH 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer VS, Wiesbaden
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-658-20488-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-658-20489-1
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