The Impact of Institutional Reforms on the Nature of Universities as Organisations

Organizational Transformation and Scientific Change: The Impact of Institutional Restructuring on Universities and Intellectual Innovation

ISBN: 978-1-78350-684-2, eISBN: 978-1-78350-683-5

ISSN: 0733-558X

Publication date: 26 July 2014

Abstract

Recent reforms to higher education systems in many OECD countries have focused on making universities more effective organisations in competing for resources and reputations. This has often involved increasing their internal cohesion and external autonomy from the state to make them more similar to private companies. However, pre-reform universities differed so greatly in their governance and capabilities that the impact of institutional changes has varied considerably between three ideal types: Hollow, State-chartered, and Autarkic. Furthermore, the combination of: (a) the inherent uncertainty of scientific research undertaken for publication, (b) limited managerial control over work processes and reputations, and (c) the contradictory effects of some funding and governance changes has greatly restricted the ability of universities to function as authoritatively integrated organisations capable of developing distinctive competitive competences.

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Whitley, R. and Gläser, J. (2014), "The Impact of Institutional Reforms on the Nature of Universities as Organisations", Organizational Transformation and Scientific Change: The Impact of Institutional Restructuring on Universities and Intellectual Innovation (Research in the Sociology of Organizations, Vol. 42), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp. 19-49. https://doi.org/10.1108/S0733-558X20140000042000

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