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ERIC Number: EJ949994
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 71
ISSN: ISSN-1358-3883
Transferral of Business Management Concepts to Universities as Ambidextrous Organisations
Tahar, Sadri; Niemeyer, Cornelius; Boutellier, Roman
Tertiary Education and Management, v17 n4 p289-308 2011
In the context of new public management reforms, many business management concepts were transferred to universities. Most studies on the transfer of business management concepts to universities show that transfers were not as successful as expected. These studies also provide nuances as to why it is such a delicate matter. However, a basic rationale of facilitating the transfer of business management concepts is missing. With this paper we provide a new rationale which can facilitate the transfer of business management concepts. We show that it is promising to model universities as ambidextrous organisations since they face the dilemma of simultaneously enabling creativity and efficiency. As such, using case study research, we find that ambidextrous universities operate within two different organisational structures. Consequently, management concepts such as risk management cannot be implemented uniformly across a university. They need to be adapted to the organisational context in order to be effective and accepted. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Switzerland