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Multi-Level Governance in Universities

Strategy, Structure, Control

  • Jetta Frost
  • Fabian Hattke
  • Markus Reihlen

Part of the Higher Education Dynamics book series (HEDY, volume 47)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Jetta Frost, Fabian Hattke, Markus Reihlen
    Pages 1-15
  3. Strategy

  4. Structure

  5. Control

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 171-171
    2. Isabel Bögner, Jessica Petersen, Alfred Kieser
      Pages 215-231
  6. Outlook

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 233-233

About this book


Governing universities is a multi-level as well as a highly paradoxical endeavor. The featured studies in this book examine critically the multifaceted repercussions of changing governance logics and show how contradictory demands for scholarly peer control, market responsiveness, public policy control, and democratization create governance paradoxes. While a large body of academic literature has been focusing on the external governance of universities, this book shifts the focus on organizations’ internal characteristics, thus contributing to a deeper understanding of the changing governance in universities.
The book follows exigent calls for getting back to the heart of organization theory when studying organizational change and turns attention to strategies, structures, and control mechanisms as distinctive but interrelated elements of organizational designs. We take a multi-level approach to explore how universities develop strategies in order to cope with changes in their institutional environment (macro level), how universities implement these strategies in their structures and processes (meso level), and how universities design mechanisms to control the behavior of their members (micro level).
As universities are highly complex knowledge-based organizations, their modus operandi, i.e. governing strategies, structures, and controls, needs to be responsive to the multiplicity of demands coming from both inside and outside the organization.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Jetta Frost
    • 1
  • Fabian Hattke
    • 2
  • Markus Reihlen
    • 3
  1. 1.Organization and ManagementUniversity of HamburgHamburgGermany
  2. 2.Organization and ManagementUniversity of HamburgHamburgGermany
  3. 3.Strategic ManagementLeuphana University LüneburgLüneburgGermany

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Multi-Level Governance in Universities
  • Book Subtitle Strategy, Structure, Control
  • Editors Jetta Frost
    Fabian Hattke
    Markus Reihlen
  • 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 978-3-319-32676-4
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-81345-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-32678-8
  • Series ISSN 1571-0378
  • Series E-ISSN 2215-1923
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XI, 256
  • Number of Illustrations 8 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Administration, Organization and Leadership
    International and Comparative Education
    Higher Education
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