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ERIC Number: ED555747
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 334
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3035-1227-8
How Multiple Actors and Contexts Influence the Implementation of an International Academic Partnership: A Case Study
Gieser, James D.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Indiana University
The effects of globalization enable institutions of higher education to share knowledge, resources, and programs across national borders like never before. In this environment, many universities hope to become more globally active and interconnected through various international strategies, such as the international academic partnership. Yet research on these important initiatives remains meager, especially the ways that those involved in a partnership's operation, and the multiple contexts in which it is situated, shape the implementation process. The purpose of this study was to explore the implementation of the Center for Asian and Pacific Studies (CAPS), an international academic partnership between two large, research-intensive universities: Australian University (AU), located in Australia, and Mideastern University (MU), located in the United States. A qualitative research design and case study method of inquiry composed the research design for the study, both of which provided an apt paradigm through which to explore multiple human perceptions and experiences. Data consisted of partnership documents and archives, interviews with individuals associated with the partnership, and field notes. Coding and analysis were conducted using a qualitative coding software (MaxQDA) and the conceptual framework developed for the study. The conceptual framework was based on three strands of research: interorganizational partnerships, a sub-field of organizational theory; policy implementation theory; and prior research on international academic partnerships. Findings are presented and key themes summarized for each individual campus in separate chapters, then examined together holistically in the concluding chapter. Results of the study suggest several important findings, such as the importance of key individuals who act as campus champions for the partnership, and who are persistent and vocal in their support; the significance of encouraging faculty buy-in and involvement in the partnership; and the influence that interpersonal relationships and changes in leadership may have on the partnership. A summary of these and other key findings, as well as implications for theory, research, and practice, conclude the study. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia; United States