Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Setting the Stage

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Kirsi Pulkkinen, Timo Aarrevaara, Laila Nordstrand Berg, Lars Geschwind, Hanne Foss Hansen, Helge Hernes et al.
      Pages 3-36 Open Access
    3. Jussi Kivistö, Elias Pekkola, Laila Nordstrand Berg, Hanne Foss Hansen, Lars Geschwind, Anu Lyytinen
      Pages 37-67 Open Access
    4. Rómulo Pinheiro, Timo Aarrevaara, Laila Nordstrand Berg, Tatiana Fumasoli, Lars Geschwind, Hanne Foss Hansen et al.
      Pages 69-108 Open Access
  3. Cross Cutting Themes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 109-109
    2. Johan Söderlind, Laila Nordstrand Berg, Jonas Krog Lind, Kirsi Pulkkinen
      Pages 111-144 Open Access
    3. Jonas Krog Lind, Helge Hernes, Kirsi Pulkkinen, Johan Söderlind
      Pages 145-180 Open Access
    4. Lars Geschwind, Timo Aarrevaara, Laila Nordstrand Berg, Jonas Krog Lind
      Pages 181-210 Open Access
    5. Timo Aarrevaara, Rómulo Pinheiro, Johan Söderlind
      Pages 211-234 Open Access
    6. Hanne Foss Hansen, Timo Aarrevaara, Lars Geschwind, Bjørn Stensaker
      Pages 235-266 Open Access
  4. Taking Stock and Moving Forward

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 267-267
    2. Lars Geschwind, Hanne Foss Hansen, Rómulo Pinheiro, Kirsi Pulkkinen
      Pages 269-299 Open Access
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 301-326

About this book


This open access book investigates the effects of changes in leadership and managerial structures of Nordic universities resulting from reforms in the last decade. It builds on a rich, comparative dataset across a multiplicity of system-wide (macro) and organisational (meso and micro) dimensions, namely: reform or policy initiatives; drivers, aims, instruments and actors; structural changes within universities; strategic and performance management; the rise of accountability regimes; incentive and evaluative systems; and perceived changes/effects by the key actors involved, at various levels. The volume provides critical insights to the larger phenomenon of change and adaptation within the public sector. Its findings and implications are of relevance to social science researchers, policy makers, managers/administrators, and external stakeholders.

Rómulo Pinheiro is Professor of Public Policy and Administration at the Department of Political Science and Management at the University of Agder, Norway.

Hanne Foss Hansen is Professor in Public Organisation and Administration at the Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. 

Lars Geschwind is Associate Professor in Engineering Education Policy and Management at the Department of Learning, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden.

Kirsi Pulkkinen is a researcher at the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Lapland, Finland, and Advisor of co-creation at the Research Services of University of Helsinki, Finland.


adaptation university governance strategic actorhood mixed methods external funding authority relations research freedom budget-maximization logic Nordic higher education policy initiatives reform trajectories domestic landscape historical overview performance-based research funding performance measures Nordic universities leadership management managerialism open access

Editors and affiliations

  • Rómulo Pinheiro
    • 1
  • Lars Geschwind
    • 2
  • Hanne Foss Hansen
    • 3
  • Kirsi Pulkkinen
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Political Science & ManagementUniversity of AgderKristiansandNorway
  2. 2.School of Industrial Engineering and ManagementKTH Royal Institute of TechnologyStockholmSweden
  3. 3.Department of Political ScienceUniversity of CopenhagenCopenhagenDenmark
  4. 4.Faculty of Social SciencesUniversity of LaplandRovaniemiFinland

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