ERIC Number: ED183036
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
The Management of Change in Swedish Higher Education.
The management of change, defined as organizational measures for promoting change and, therefore, close to management for change, is discussed. It is recognized that change does not necessarily represent improvement; evaluation of innovations constitutes one of the most important tasks of management. In this report the first chapter outlines the Swedish system of higher education. After examining various types of change, two are selected for discussion: national reforms, oriented toward organizational, administrative, and legal structures; and educational innovations, dealing with content, methods, and structures of learning. Chapter Two treats two fundamental problems of change management: at what point innovation should be placed within or outside the control of management; and how administrative structures may serve as obstacles to innovation. Subsequent chapters address issues of reform in education in general, and higher education in particular. The final chapter draws several conclusions, based on the Swedish reform experience, about where and under what conditions educational change can be managed, and how organizations should be conceived in order to be innovative. It is concluded that although the Swedish experience differs from other nations' in important ways, much of what has been learned is transferable. (MSE)
Descriptors: Administrative Policy, Change Strategies, Educational Change, Educational Innovation, Educational Policy, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Organizational Change, Statewide Planning
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, Paris (France).
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