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ERIC Number: EJ778366
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Nov
Pages: 14
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-0738-0593
A Case Study of a Merger in Chinese Higher Education: The Motives, Processes, and Outcomes
Wan, Yinmei; Peterson, Marvin W.
International Journal of Educational Development, v27 n6 p683-696 Nov 2007
This paper examines an institutional merger taking place in Chinese higher education beginning from 1994. Using the case study method, the paper examines the pre-merger planning, the post-merger integration process, and the outcomes of the merger. The paper argues that a number of major external and internal factors have led to the decision to merge. The planning and implementation of the merger was largely a top-down process and subject to political intervention. One of the most prominent issues identified in this case is the difficulty of building a unified identity for the new institution as was reflected in the controversies and fights about the name of the new institution. The case studied provides a good example and valuable lessons to higher education institutions considering merger or other forms of organizational change. (Contains 3 online sources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: China