Responding to environmental ‘shocks’ - Innovation and Rationalities in Higher Education

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation


Contribution to the EAIR Conference Berlin 2021 (OnLine)

Environmental ‘shocks’ in society come in many forms. A new challenge in Higher Professional Education is Industry 5.0, where the human collaborates with automated systems.
In Higher Professional Education, operational professionals in Education, Industry and Research cooperate with the managerial professionals in these communities. In our paper, we focus on organizational learning, affecting the way organizations act upon environmental ‘shocks’.
Our research shows a compelling distinction in the prevailing institutional rationalities of the operational professional acting along Mannheim’s functional institutional rationality and the managerial professional acting according to Mannheim’s substantial institutional rationality.
We show how taking account of this distinction may support organizations in responding to environmental ‘shocks’.
Period10 Sept 2021
Event title43rd Annual EAIR Forum 2021: Transformation fast and slow: Quality, Trust and Digitalisation in higher Education
Event typeConference
Conference number43
LocationOnline Conference, GermanyShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Institutional Rationalities
  • Environmental Shocks
  • Disruptive Innovation
  • Organizational Learning
  • Industry 5.0