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Balancing accountability and trust: university reforms in the Nordic countries
University of Copenhagen.
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Learning.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2983-5573
Tampere University.
Tampere University.
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2019 (English)In: Higher Education, ISSN 0018-1560, E-ISSN 1573-174XArticle in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper investigates the accountability mechanisms introduced in the universities in the Nordic countries by building on a typology of accountability types. By utilising survey data, it analyses how academics experience the changes in accountability mechanisms and how they perceive the impact of these changes on their performance. The analysis shows that especially political/bureaucratic and managerial accountability demands have been strengthened. This development has fostered debates on how to measure academic performance. Some academics, more in Denmark than in the other countries, have experienced the development as a sign of mistrust.

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Stockholm, 2019.
Keywords [en]
Accountability; Trust; Universities; Nordic countries; Performance management; Policy reforms; Academic perceptions
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Educational Sciences
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Technology and Learning; Education and Communication in the Technological Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-249957DOI: 10.1007/s10734-019-0358-2ISI: 000481784000010Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85060456501OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-249957DiVA, id: diva2:1306482
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Available from: 2019-04-23 Created: 2019-04-23 Last updated: 2019-09-05Bibliographically approved

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