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Mergers in Higher Education : The Experience from Northern Europe (Hardcover)

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This book addresses the critical knowledge gaps of mergers involving higher education institutions. It is based on a comparative research project (spring 2013-spring 2015) investigating the phenomena of mergers involving higher education institutions across the Nordic countries – Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark. The study involved close to 30 scholars from the region, and aimed at shedding critical light on, and providing novel contributions around, the following key aspects:

  • Conceptual and theoretical approaches – strengths and limitations - towards the study of the phenomena of mergers in higher education;
  • Historical developments, leading to significant structural changes in the domestic higher education landscape, and, in turn, how mergers have been used as a policy/institutional mechanism to foster adaptation to a new external environment at the local, national, regional and international levels;
  • The complex dynamics inherent to merger processes by undertaking an in-depth investigation of a series of selected case studies, with a particular focus on the “black-box” associated with the implementation process;
  • The implications of the findings as regards future policy and strategic endeavours, theory development and future research agenda.
Number of Pages: 290
Genre: Education
Sub-Genre: Educational Policy + Reform / General, Comparative, Higher
Series Title: Higher Education Dynamics
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Springer Verlag
Language: English
Street Date: November 17, 2015
TCIN: 50772644
UPC: 9783319219172
Item Number (DPCI): 248-10-5520

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