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ERIC Number: EJ801665
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 63
ISSN: ISSN-0968-4883
Using Enablers of the EFQM Model to Manage Institutions of Higher Education
Calvo-Mora, Arturo; Leal, Antonio; Roldan, Jose L.
Quality Assurance in Education: An International Perspective, v14 n2 p99-122 2006
Purpose: To analyse the implicit relationships among enabler agents of the European excellence model to serve as a framework for the management and improvement of the quality in higher education institutions. Design/methodology/approach: The hypotheses set out are based on the structure and meaning of the EFQM model and a review of the TQM literature. The empirical study was developed in 111 Spanish public university centres, and used the partial least squares (PLS) technique to test these hypotheses. Findings: The results achieved support the relationships hypothesized and indicate the role of enabler agents as a basis for establishing a management model that leads universities towards excellence. Research limitations/implications: The main limitation is related to the notion of causality. Our study has considered a soft modelling approach directed more towards prediction than causality. Practical implications: The role of senior management stands out among the key activities. The top management leads the excellence development of key processes in the university through appropriate leadership, strategy formulation, establishment of partnerships, resource allocation, and human resources management. Originality/value: The current work is one of the first studies dealing with the testing of implicit relationships set out by the EFQM model among enablers. The comprehension of these relationships provides a guide to implement, develop, assess and improve higher education institutions. (Contains 5 tables, 4 figures, and 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Spain