Managing Universities: Policy and Organizational Change from a Western European Comparative Perspective


  • Authors: Ivar Bleiklie, Jürgen Enders, Benedetto Lepori
  • File Size: 2 MB
  • Format: PDF
  • Length: 329 Pages  
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan; 1st edition
  • Publication Date: July 31, 2017
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B074GY2LWX
  • ISBN-10: 3319538659, 3319852604
  • ISBN-13: 9783319538655, 9783319538648, 9783319852607


Managing Universities (PDF) asks how modern universities are managed and organized, and questions whether 30 years of university reforms have led to stronger managerial structures and leadership control. Moreover, it asks whether current organizational and decision-making structures can be described by public reform policies. The ebook offers an empirically grounded, coherent, and theoretically driven presentation of data and core ideas behind a large-scale comparative study of 26 universities across eight European countries. It emphasizes the role of academics, the strength of university managerial structures, and how universities relate to and rely on their environment: to governments and other actors; to evaluators; to funders; and to external stakeholders. It further explores how higher education policies are shaped by and impact universities. Written by a cross-disciplinary team of European scholars, this ebook is unique both in its wide coverage and the wisdom of its analyses. It will be of great interest to graduate students, scholars, and advanced undergraduates in the fields of organization theory and sociology, comparative public policy and administration, and higher education studies. It will also be of interest to higher education policy administrators and makers.