Inside the “Knowledge Factory”: Organizational Change in Business Schools in Germany, Sweden and the USA

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Springer Science & Business Media, Jun 29, 2013 - Business & Economics - 271 pages
Higher education institutions have proven to be one of the most enduring organizations of the last centuries. In recent decades, however, significant changes in their institutional environment have forced universities to rethink their strategies. This is particularly true for management higher education institutions. How do universities, and specifically business schools, deal with these various expectations? Are there different organizational responses in the American, German, or Swedish higher education systems? These and other important questions of higher education management research are examined in this doctoral thesis. Taking neo-institutionalism theory as its basis, the thesis is convincing both conceptually as well as empirically through its multiple case study design. The insights gained are most interesting. They reveal how a form of "organizational schizophrenia" can help institutions comply with external demands without compromising the pursuit of academic reputation which is essential for the inner stability of higher education institutions and their continued existence. This book is relevant both for students and researchers in higher education management as well as management practitioners and administrators. I can say this with conviction as Heinke Robken's doctoral thesis was one of the last that I supervised as a teacher before changing to the president's office of the University of Oldenburg. As such, I read it both from a theoretical viewpoint as well as that of a practitioner.
 

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Contents

Table
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Researching Organizational Change in Business Schools
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Table
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Table
16
The Historical Development of Business Schools
27
Business Schools from a NeoInstitutional Perspective
49
IsomorphismThe Case of Entrepreneurship Professorships
107
Business Schools in the Context of the National Higher Education System
123
Organizational Responses to Institutional Pressures
153
Development of Endowed Chairs at ABS
158
The Development of Professorships in Business Administration at GBS
177
Development of Academic Staff at SBS
193
Comparing and Learning from the Three Case Study Business Schools
209
Creation of Professorships at the Three Case Study Business Schools
214
Implications 219
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Conclusion
231

The Empirical Study 141
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List of Figures
151
Appendix
265
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Dr. Heinke Röbken promovierte bei Prof. Dr. Uwe Schneidewind am Institut für Betriebswirtschaftslehre und Wirtschaftspädagogik der Universität Oldenburg. Nach ihrem Studium in Deutschland, den USA und Schweden war sie Gastforscherin an der University of Chicago und an der Cornell University. Heute arbeitet sie als Juniorprofessorin für Bildungsmanagement an der Universität Oldenburg.

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