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Mergers in Higher Education

The Experience from Northern Europe

  • Rómulo Pinheiro
  • Lars Geschwind
  • Timo Aarrevaara


  • Provides an up-to-date and integrated comparative account of merger processes involving HE institutions across the Nordic region

  • Moves beyond description towards in-depth analysis of the complexities inherent to the ‘black-box’ of the implementation process

  • Brings together leading social scientists based in the region with vast knowledge of the subject

  • Bridges theory and practice, by providing policy makers and institutional managers with critical insights substantiated on solid empirical evidence


Part of the Higher Education Dynamics book series (HEDY, volume 46)

Table of contents

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

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Rómulo Pinheiro, Lars Geschwind, Timo Aarrevaara
      Pages 3-25
  3. Path Dependencies & System Dynamics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 27-27
    2. Svein Kyvik, Bjørn Stensaker
      Pages 29-42
    3. Timo Aarrevaara, Ian R. Dobson
      Pages 59-72
    4. Kaare Aagaard, Hanne Foss Hansen, Jørgen Gulddahl Rasmussen
      Pages 73-88
  4. Case Studies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 89-89
    2. Elisabeth H. Mathisen, Rómulo Pinheiro
      Pages 91-106
    3. Lars Geschwind, Göran Melin, Linda Wedlin
      Pages 129-143
    4. Marja Sutela, Yuzhuo Cai
      Pages 161-178
    5. Jarkko Tirronen, Hanna-Mari Aula, Timo Aarrevaara
      Pages 179-193
    6. Kaare Aagaard, Hanne Foss Hansen, Jørgen Gulddahl Rasmussen
      Pages 195-210
    7. Kaare Aagaard, Hanne Foss Hansen, Jørgen Gulddahl Rasmussen
      Pages 211-224
  5. Lessons Learnt and Way Forward

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 225-225
    2. Lars Geschwind, Rómulo Pinheiro, Timo Aarrevaara
      Pages 227-236

About this book


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.    


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Editors and affiliations

  • Rómulo Pinheiro
    • 1
  • Lars Geschwind
    • 2
  • Timo Aarrevaara
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Political Science and Management, Faculty of Social SciencesUniversity of AgderKristiansandNorway
  2. 2.Department of Learning, School of Education and Communication in Engineering ScienceKTH Royal Institute of TechnologyStockholmSweden
  3. 3.Faculty of Social SciencesUniversity of LaplandRovaniemiFinland

About the editors


Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Mergers in Higher Education
  • Book Subtitle The Experience from Northern Europe
  • Editors Rómulo Pinheiro
    Lars Geschwind
    Timo Aarrevaara
  • Series Title Higher Education Dynamics
  • Series Abbreviated Title Higher Education Dynamics
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-21917-2
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-37262-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-21918-9
  • Series ISSN 1571-0378
  • Series E-ISSN 2215-1923
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XII, 236
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Higher Education
    International and Comparative Education
    Educational Policy and Politics
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