ERIC Number: EJ808359
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct
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Quality Management in Hungarian Higher Education: Organisational Responses to Governmental Policy
Csizmadia, Tibor; Enders, Jurgen; Westerheijden, Don F.
Higher Education: The International Journal of Higher Education and Educational Planning, v56 n4 p439-455 Oct 2008
This article focuses on responses of higher education institutions to governmental policy. We investigate the influence of organisational characteristics on the implementation of quality management in Hungarian higher education institutions. Our theoretical framework is based on organisational theories (resource dependency and neo-institutionalism), Allison's models on organisational decision-making processes, and also addresses some of the more specific characteristics of higher education institutions. Our empirical investigation shows that organisational characteristics matter in policy implementation of quality management in Hungarian higher education. Certain organisational variables, viz. leaders' commitment to the implementation process, the involvement of external consultants, institutional reputation, and bureaucratic and political decision-making processes have strong effects on the implementation of quality management. Characteristics particular to higher education institutions were much less influential.
Descriptors: Higher Education, Public Policy, Institutional Characteristics, Educational Quality, Decision Making, Organizational Theories
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: Hungary