European universities as complete organizations? Understanding identity, hierarchy and rationality in public organizations

Marco Seeber, Benedetto Lepori, Martina Montauti, Jürgen Enders, Harry F. de Boer, Elke Weyer, Ivar Bleiklie, Kristin Hope, Svein Michelsen, Gigliola Nyhagen Mathisen, Nicoline Frølich, Lisa Scordato, Bjorn Stensaker, Erica Waagene, Zarko Dragsic, Peter Kretek, Georg Krücken, Antonio Magalhaes, Filipa M. Ribeiro, Sofia SousaAmelia Veiga, Rui Santiago, Giulio Marini, Emanuela Reale

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    Abstract

    This article investigates the form of European universities to determine the extent to which they resemble the characteristics of complete organizations and whether the forms are associated with modernization policy pressure, national institutional frames and organizational characteristics. An original data set of twenty-six universities from eight countries was used. Specialist universities have a stronger identity, whereas the level of hierarchy and rationality is clearly associated with the intensity of modernization policies. At the same time, evidence suggests limitations for universities to become complete, as mechanisms allowing the development of some dimensions seemingly constrain the capability to develop others
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1444-1474
    JournalPublic management review
    Volume17
    Issue number10
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 28 Jul 2015

    Keywords

    • IR-91556
    • METIS-304715

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