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ERIC Number: EJ1112409
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Sep
Pages: 32
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0026-4695
Strategic Capacity and Organisational Capabilities: A Challenge for Universities
Thoenig, Jean-Claude; Paradeise, Catherine
Minerva: A Review of Science, Learning and Policy, v54 n3 p293-324 Sep 2016
Are universities able to operate as strategic actors? An organisational sociology based approach supported by a comparative field research project identifies three types of social, cultural and cognitive processes that play a decisive role in building and implementing local capabilities required to mobilise a strategic capacity. The paper identifies how much these processes are present in the four ideal-types of universities defined by crossing their reputation and their metrics-based performance. Such a meso deterministic perspective suggests that universities may position themselves as proactive actors or principals, and not just as agents of national reforms and political demands. Nevertheless, their ability to do it varies according to their type. The paper also explores the implications of such findings for institutional leadership and steering policymakers.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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