ERIC Number: EJ722958
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Oct
Reference Count: 17
The EFQM Excellence Model[R]: Higher Education's Latest Management Fad?
Higher Education Quarterly, v59 n4 p261-274 Oct 2005
Robert Birnbaum argues that higher education tends to adopt management fads -- newly conceived techniques enjoying brief popularity but which fail to live up to their promoters claims at the point when the corporate sector and government are discarding them. Although fads may have failed in these sectors because of various reasons, their failure usually to engage with the complexity of higher education's structures and processes makes their failure here virtually inevitable. The European Foundation for Quality Management Excellence Model, it is argued here, is a classical fad in Birnbaum's sense, showing conceptual weaknesses and being unlikely to engage with the particular characteristics of higher education. The introduction of the Excellence Model into UK higher education is shown to have followed closely the path that Birnbaum has identified; there are also preliminary signs suggesting that it will decline along the predicted trajectory.
Descriptors: Higher Education, Educational Quality, Educational Administration, Models, Foreign Countries, Quality Control, Total Quality Management
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom