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Title Mergers in higher education : the experience from Northern Europe / Rómulo Pinheiro, Lars Geschwind, Timo Aarrevaara, editors
Published Cham : Springer, [2016]
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Series Higher education dynamics ; 46
Higher education dynamics ; 46
Contents Acknowledgments; Contents; Contributors; Chapter Authors; Part I: Setting the Stage; Chapter 1: A World Full of Mergers: The Nordic Countries in a Global Context; 1.1 Introduction; 1.2 Higher Education Mergers: Taking Stock of the Existing Literature; 1.2.1 The Rationale for Merging; 1.2.2 The Black Box of the Merger Process; 1.2.3 Outcomes and Success Factors; 1.2.4 Mergers in Nordic Higher Education; 1.3 Organizational Perspectives on Mergers; 1.3.1 Population Ecology; 1.3.2 Structural Contingency Theory; 1.3.3 Resource-Dependence Theory; 1.3.4 Path-Dependence Theory; 1.3.5 Network Theory
1.3.6 New Institutional Theory1.3.7 Cultural-Related Approaches; 1.4 Nordic Universities: Between the State, the Market and the Oligarchy; 1.5 The Rationale for This Volume and Its Scope; 1.5.1 Part I; 1.5.2 Part II; 1.5.3 Part III; 1.5.4 Part IV; References; Part II: Path Dependencies & System Dynamics; Chapter 2: Mergers in Norwegian Higher Education; 2.1 Introduction; 2.2 Institutional Logics as a Perspective to Analyse Mergers; 2.3 Three Phases of Mergers; 2.3.1 Phase 1: The Merger of Regional Colleges in 1994; 2.3.2 Phase 2: 2000-2013: Voluntary Merger Processes
2.3.2.1 Individual Advancement2.3.2.2 Merger with a University; 2.3.2.3 The Creation of a Network University; 2.3.3 Phase 3: 2014 and Beyond: State Initiated Forced Mergers; 2.4 Mergers as Solutions, Drivers, and Mediators of Change; References; Chapter 3: Conflicting Rationalities: Mergers and Consolidations in Swedish Higher Education Policy; 3.1 Introduction and Historical Background; 3.2 Analytical Starting-Point: Actor-Centred Institutionalism; 3.3 The Current Form of University Governance; 3.4 The Policy Development: From Widening Participation to Research Excellence
3.5 Possibilities and Constraints of University Mergers3.5.1 University College Kalmar and Växjö University; 3.5.2 Uppsala University and University College Gotland; 3.5.3 Stockholm Institute of Education and Stockholm University; 3.5.4 Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Art; 3.5.5 Stockholm University of the Arts; 3.5.6 Örebro University and Mälardalen University College; 3.5.7 A West Sweden University; 3.5.8 A Large Capital University; 3.5.9 Lund University and South Sweden Partner; 3.6 Concluding Discussion; References; Chapter 4: Merger Mania? The Finnish Higher Education Experience
4.1 Introduction4.2 Background: Finnish Higher Education 101; 4.3 Mergers in Finland; 4.3.1 The Push for Mergers; 4.3.2 Mergers Came to Pass; 4.3.3 Landscape for Mergers; 4.4 Conclusion: Merger Mania During Periods of Reform; References; Chapter 5: Mergers in Danish Higher Education: An Overview over the Changing Landscape; 5.1 Introduction; 5.2 Background: The Danish Setting; 5.3 From Growth in the Number of Institutions to Mergers; 5.3.1 Professional Academies; 5.3.2 University Colleges; 5.3.3 Universities; 5.4 Merger Dynamics; 5.4.1 Agenda Setting; 5.4.2 The Decision-Making Process
Summary This book addresses the critical knowledge gaps of mergers involving higher education institutions. It is based on a comparative research project (spring 2013-spring 2015) investigating the phenomena of mergers involving higher education institutions across the Nordic countries - Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark. The study involved close to 30 scholars from the region, and aimed at shedding critical light on, and providing novel contributions around, the following key aspects: Conceptual and theoretical approaches - strengths and limitations - towards the study of the phenomena of mergers in higher education; Historical developments, leading to significant structural changes in the domestic higher education landscape, and, in turn, how mergers have been used as a policy/institutional mechanism to foster adaptation to a new external environment at the local, national, regional and international levels; The complex dynamics inherent to merger processes by undertaking an in-depth investigation of a series of selected case studies, with a particular focus on the “black-box” associated with the implementation process; The implications of the findings as regards future policy and strategic endeavours, theory development and future research agenda
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references at the end of each chapters
Notes Online resource; title from PDF title page (EBSCO, viewed November 10, 2015)
Subject Universities and colleges -- Mergers -- Europe.
Form Electronic book
Author Pinheiro, Rómulo, editor
Geschwind, Lars, editor
Aarrevaara, Timo, editor
ISBN 3319219189 (electronic bk.)
9783319219189 (electronic bk.)