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ERIC Number: EJ1016914
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1755-2273
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Change Management at a Danish University: The Introduction of a Common Market for Education
Bundgaard, Helle
Learning and Teaching: The International Journal of Higher Education in the Social Sciences, v5 n2 p5-26 Sum 2012
This article discusses the approach to the management of change taken by a Danish university when introducing a university-wide market for education and it explores the different positions taken by some of the central stakeholders in one of the faculties involved. I argue that neither the inadequacies of a popular management model nor insufficient communication fully explain the problems with the change project. Based on strategy papers, memorandums and detailed observations of meetings, I discuss the introduction of the education market and analyse the reception given by directors of studies to a specific social technology, a common year and timetable structure. I offer an explanation of their reactions that draws on an anthropological approach to organisations. I call for university leaders to take what I call an "improvisational" approach to leadership, which takes account of local ways of interpreting the meaning and significance of large-scale changes and works through professional motivation.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Denmark
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