Change search
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf
Legitimizing Change in Higher Education: Exploring the Rationales Behind Major Organizational Restructuring
KTH, School of Education and Communication in Engineering Science (ECE), Learning, Organisation and leadership. KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Learning.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2983-5573
2018 (English)In: Higher Education Policy, ISSN 0952-8733, E-ISSN 1740-3863, Vol. 32, no 3, p. 381-395Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper explores the complex mix of rationales behind major change initiatives in the Swedish higher education sector. In three case studies, the paper investigates how changes are motivated, communicated and made sense of by higher education institutions. The cases show that the external drivers, related to the need for quality improvement, resource accumulation and reputation-building, are highlighted in the official communication by the institutional management. Interviews with various internal and external stakeholders reveal additional, internal rationales such as economic rationalization opportunities and the personal motives of individuals. It is argued that the notion of legitimacy is fundamental to the understanding of this mix of rationales. References to the state and the EU are frequent and so are similar comparable universities and the need to adapt to globally circulated ideas. Furthermore, administrative rationales are not enough to make a change process legitimate in these cases. A grander, structural rationale related to quality and reputation is also perceived to be required.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
PALGRAVE MACMILLAN LTD , 2018. Vol. 32, no 3, p. 381-395
Keywords [en]
change, organization, rhetoric, legitimacy, sensemaking, rationale
National Category
Educational Sciences
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-256297DOI: 10.1057/s41307-018-0088-6ISI: 000478660100004Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85043705910OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-256297DiVA, id: diva2:1351975
Note

QC 20190917

Available from: 2019-09-17 Created: 2019-09-17 Last updated: 2019-09-17Bibliographically approved

Open Access in DiVA

No full text in DiVA

Other links

Publisher's full textScopus

Authority records BETA

Geschwind, Lars

Search in DiVA

By author/editor
Geschwind, Lars
By organisation
Organisation and leadershipLearning
In the same journal
Higher Education Policy
Educational Sciences

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar

doi
urn-nbn

Altmetric score

doi
urn-nbn
Total: 77 hits
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf