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

L.R. Buning, P.C. Schuur, F.J. de Vijlder

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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’.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - 10 Sept 2021
Event43rd Annual EAIR Forum 2021: Transformation fast and slow: Quality, Trust and Digitalisation in higher Education - Humbolt University, Online Conference, Germany
Duration: 8 Sept 202111 Sept 2021
Conference number: 43


Conference43rd Annual EAIR Forum 2021
Abbreviated titleEAIR 2021
CityOnline Conference
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  • Institutional Rationalities
  • Organizational Learning
  • Environmental Shocks
  • Disruptive Innovation
  • Industry 5.0


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