The perception of participation in executive governance structures in Dutch universities

Jeroen Huisman*, Harry de Boer, Leo Goedegebuure

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    In 1997 a new governance act, based on the principles of New Public Management (NPM) was introduced at Dutch universities. The aims were to realise integrated management, to strengthen the position of executives at the central (executive board) and faculty (dean) levels, to introduce a Supervisory Board at the institution’s central level, and to increase the leeway for universities to design its own governance structure. This article reports on a large-scale evaluation of the governance act and focuses on student and staff participation in decision-making and on the actual appraisal of different actors within the universities (leaders, managers, staff, students) of the governance structure of their university. The empirical data reveal a mixed picture regarding the appreciation of the new governance structure, but overall—in contrast with many critical reviews of NPM in higher education—there seems to be considerable endorsement for the present situation.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)227-239
    Number of pages13
    JournalTertiary education and management
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 2006


    • Governance structure
    • Faculty level
    • Supervisory board
    • Full participation
    • Council member


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