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ERIC Number: EJ1048856
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jan
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0018-1560
Organizational Identity as a Concept for Understanding University Dynamics
Stensaker, Bjørn
Higher Education: The International Journal of Higher Education and Educational Planning, v69 n1 p103-115 Jan 2015
Universities are often portrayed as, and have been found to be, quite stable organizational forms where it is difficult to initiate and implement change. However, numerous empirical studies have also found that universities are undoubtedly changing both due to internal developments and external dynamics. The paper explores this seemingly contradictory development. It argues that organizational identity is a promising concept for researching both continuity and change in higher education institutions, and identifies and describes various uses of organizational identity within universities and colleges, demonstrating the relevance of the concept for understanding current dynamics within the higher education sector. In the conclusion, it is argued that more studies of the intangible aspects of higher education are needed to enable a better understanding of the factors fostering both inertia and change in the sector.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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