Implementing the global model of the research university in a national context: The deans and department heads' perspective

Myroslava Hladchenko, Martin Benninghoff

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Abstract

This article aims to explore the implications of means–ends decoupling at the state level for the implementation of the global model of the research university by the deans and department heads. Means–ends decoupling at the state level implies that the policies and practices of the state are disconnected from its core goal of creating public welfare.
Data which form the basis of analysis were collected through twenty-four semi-structured interviews with deans and department heads from the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences who were in their positions in 2010-2014 at two Ukrainian universities.
Apart from means–ends decoupling at the state level which resulted in institutional complexity, case universities also sustained means–ends decoupling at the organisational level which led to cultural complexity. Institutional and cultural complexities experienced by the deans and department heads, as well as their practices and values deviated from the global model of the research university, entailed them to sustain means–ends decoupling at the individual level. The degree of means–ends decoupling maintained by the deans and department heads at the individual level varied depending on organisational, disciplinary and individual cultural dimensions.
This research contributes to the policy development and implementation studies highlighting how mismatches in policies at both the state and organisational levels hinder the achievement of the intended outcomes.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Educational Management
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2020

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Implementing the global model of the research university in a national context: The deans and department heads' perspective'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this