The Many Guises of Nordic Higher Education Mergers

  • Lars GeschwindEmail author
  • Rómulo Pinheiro
  • Timo Aarrevaara
Part of the Higher Education Dynamics book series (HEDY, volume 46)


In this final chapter, the volume’s editors reflect upon the empirical and theoretical contributions from the book. The chapter is structured according to a number of ‘dimensions’ which have appeared in the previous chapters. It is concluded that the historical contexts and path dependencies play crucial roles also in the case of mergers. Furthermore, the importance of key actors is highlighted, not least the role played by formal top leaders, but also informal brokers and change agents at the institutional level. In terms of future research, two lines of inquiry are identified. The first is to delve deeper into process-related issues, which is still an unexplored aspect of mergers, and the second is to undertake more comparative studies, for instance across sectors and over time.


High Education Institution Nordic Country Merger Process Nordic Region Competitive Unit 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lars Geschwind
    • 1
    Email author
  • Rómulo Pinheiro
    • 2
  • Timo Aarrevaara
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Learning, School of Education and Communication in Engineering ScienceKTH Royal Institute of TechnologyStockholmSweden
  2. 2.Department of Political Science and Management, Faculty of Social SciencesUniversity of AgderKristiansandNorway
  3. 3.Faculty of Social SciencesUniversity of LaplandRovaniemiFinland

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