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Reforms, Organizational Change and Performance in Higher Education

A Comparative Account from the Nordic Countries

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  • Takes account of reform efforts and its effects across Nordic higher education
  • Combines hard (quantitative) data with more nuanced accounts by the key actors involved with processes of change and adaptation within universities
  • Contributes to both the testing and further development of theory, bringing together critical insights from public policy and administration, organizational studies and higher education studies

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About this book

This open access book investigates the effects of changes in leadership and managerial structures of Nordic universities resulting from reforms in the last decade. It builds on a rich, comparative dataset across a multiplicity of system-wide (macro) and organisational (meso and micro) dimensions, namely: reform or policy initiatives; drivers, aims, instruments and actors; structural changes within universities; strategic and performance management; the rise of accountability regimes; incentive and evaluative systems; and perceived changes/effects by the key actors involved, at various levels. The volume provides critical insights to the larger phenomenon of change and adaptation within the public sector. Its findings and implications are of relevance to social science researchers, policy makers, managers/administrators, and external stakeholders.

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Table of contents (9 chapters)

  1. Setting the Stage

  2. Cross Cutting Themes

  3. Taking Stock and Moving Forward

Editors and Affiliations

  • Department of Political Science & Management, University of Agder, Kristiansand, Norway

    Rómulo Pinheiro

  • School of Industrial Engineering and Management, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden

    Lars Geschwind

  • Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark

    Hanne Foss Hansen

  • Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Lapland, Rovaniemi, Finland

    Kirsi Pulkkinen

About the editors

Rómulo Pinheiro is Professor of Public Policy and Administration at the Department of Political Science and Management at the University of Agder, Norway.

Hanne Foss Hansen is Professor in Public Organisation and Administration at the Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. 

Lars Geschwind is Associate Professor in Engineering Education Policy and Management at the Department of Learning, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden.

Kirsi Pulkkinen is a researcher at the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Lapland, Finland, and Advisor of co-creation at the Research Services of University of Helsinki, Finland.

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