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Legitimate action: Exploring the rationale behind major change initiatives in higher education
KTH, School of Education and Communication in Engineering Science (ECE), Learning.
KTH, School of Education and Communication in Engineering Science (ECE), Learning.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7437-2152
(English)Manuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-186166OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-186166DiVA: diva2:925883
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QCR 20160509

Available from: 2016-05-03 Created: 2016-05-03 Last updated: 2016-05-09Bibliographically approved
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1. The Active University: Studies of Contemporary Swedish Higher Education
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The Active University: Studies of Contemporary Swedish Higher Education
2016 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

In this thesis, contemporary universities and their response to external pressure are studied. The term “the active university” is put forward as an analytical tool. The active university “acts” in two ways: by taking concrete initiatives and by playing a role. The concept is inspired by theories on strategic actorhood and by new institutional theory.

The thesis presents empirical studies of a number of strategic initiatives undertaken by Swedish universities in recent years. Predominantly drawn from the technical university sector, the initiatives include evaluation projects, organisational change, policy changes and new work practices. The policy context is new public management and recent reforms aimed at improving accountability and management capacity in the higher education sector.

In the empirical studies, “acting as strategy” and “acting as role play” both come to the fore. External rationales to do with quality and competition are frequently put forward as motives for internal change. Many of the initiatives are image-driven. At the same time they can have profound, albeit sometimes unintended, internal consequences. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2016. iv, 87 p.
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TRITA-ECE, 2016-1
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Learning
Research subject
Education and Communication in the Technological Sciences
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urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-186194 (URN)978-91-7729-007-0 (ISBN)
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2016-06-02, Kollegiesalen, Brinellvägen 8, KTH Campus, Stockholm, 13:00 (English)
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QC 20160509

Available from: 2016-05-09 Created: 2016-05-04 Last updated: 2016-05-09Bibliographically approved

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