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Fumasoli, Tatiana; Stensaker, Bjorn – Higher Education Policy, 2013
Drawing from a seminal article by Burton Clark that appeared in 2004 in "Higher Education Policy," this paper examines the influence of organization studies in higher education policy research over the last 25 years and highlights the potential contributions for future inquiry. It argues that analysis has mainly tackled policy reforms…
Descriptors: Educational History, Higher Education, Educational Trends, Trend Analysis
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Abualrub, Iyad; Karseth, Berit; Stensaker, Bjorn – Quality in Higher Education, 2013
This article aims to provide a critical examination of the concept of "learning environment" following the increased attention to the concept among educational researchers and policy makers. Based on a review of the literature, the current article identifies how the concept of learning environment is being researched and how the research conducted…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Educational Environment, Educational Research, Literature Reviews
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Stensaker, Bjorn; Vabo, Agnete – Higher Education Quarterly, 2013
Shared governance has been a key historical characteristic of higher education although this form of governance has come under increased pressure in recent decades. It is often argued that shared governance is less relevant for tackling the challenges related to a more dynamic environment of the sector. This paper discusses underlying premises for…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Governance, Colleges
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Frolich, Nicoline; Huisman, Jeroen; Slipersaeter, Stig; Stensaker, Bjorn; Botas, Paulo Charles Pimentel – Higher Education: The International Journal of Higher Education and Educational Planning, 2013
The paper draws on institutional theory with special attention to recent contributions that aim at developing its micro-foundations. We address the question of how individual higher education institutions deal with institutional pluralism. We develop an analytical framework inspired by institutional theory, the sensemaking perspective in…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Diversity (Institutional), Organizational Change, Organizational Theories
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Stensaker, Bjorn – Journal of Education Policy, 2011
Accreditation is fast becoming the dominant method of evaluation used in the European Higher Education Area. This paper traces the political process supporting the introduction of this method in Europe and identifies different theoretical understandings and practices which shed light on how we can interpret the spread and role of accreditation in…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Foreign Countries, Accreditation (Institutions), Institutional Evaluation
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Pratasavitskaya, Halina; Stensaker, Bjorn – Quality in Higher Education, 2010
The article analyses how quality management is understood in higher education research. By reviewing a number of academic contributions addressing quality management issues in "Quality in Higher Education" from 1995-2008, the article identifies central concepts associated with quality management, discusses whether there are commonalities to be…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Educational Quality, Quality Control, Educational Research
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Langfeldt, Liv; Stensaker, Bjorn; Harvey, Lee; Huisman, Jeroen; Westerheijden, Don F. – Higher Education: The International Journal of Higher Education and Educational Planning, 2010
The article analyses the role of peer review within broader external quality assurance schemes. Based on an analytical framework emphasising that modern quality assurance schemes are designed as a balancing act between standardised guidelines and professional judgement, the article uses data from a recent evaluation of NOKUT, the Norwegian Quality…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Quality Control, Peer Evaluation, Cultural Pluralism
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Serrano-Velarde, Kathia; Stensaker, Bjorn – Higher Education Policy, 2010
This article discusses the meanings of quality in the Humboldtian university ideal and in the Bologna process, especially related to issues of institutional autonomy, academic freedom and the integration of teaching and research. The article gives an overview of current practices associated with quality and quality assurance in Germany and Norway.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Academic Freedom, Institutional Autonomy
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Stensaker, Bjorn; Harvey, Lee; Huisman, Jeroen; Langfeldt, Liv; Westerheijden, Don F. – European Journal of Education, 2010
The emergence of the European Standards and Guidelines (ESG) for Quality Assurance has been seen as an important step towards realising the European Higher Education Area by creating more transparency and accountability in the area of quality assurance. The ESG also include standards as to how quality assurance agencies should be reviewed. In a…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Quality Control, Guidelines, Accountability
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Larsen, Ingvild M.; Maassen, Peter; Stensaker, Bjorn – Higher Education Management and Policy, 2009
Since the mid 1980s, modernising university governance has been a constant item on the political agenda of most countries, often followed by reforms attempting to change how universities are managed and led. However, when considering the effects of the many initiatives taken, a rather complex picture appears with respect to the scope and depths of…
Descriptors: Governance, Problems, Higher Education, Educational Environment
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Harvey, Lee; Stensaker, Bjorn – European Journal of Education, 2008
As part of the process of enhancing quality, quality culture has become a taken-for-granted concept intended to support development and improvement processes in higher education. By taking a theoretical approach to examining quality culture, starting with a scholarly examination of the concept of culture, and exploring how it is related to…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Educational Quality, School Culture, Culture
Stensaker, Bjorn; Frolich, Nicoline; Gornitzka, Ase; Maassen, Peter – Globalisation, Societies and Education, 2008
The article discusses the impact of the growing emphasis on internationalisation on higher education institutions. Based on case studies of 12 Scandinavian universities and colleges, it is shown how issues related to internationalisation trigger processes of trying to enhance the institutional capacity for strategic decision-making and…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Institutional Characteristics, Global Approach, Colleges
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Stensaker, Bjorn; Maassen, Peter; Borgan, Monika; Oftebro, Mette; Karseth, Berit – Higher Education: The International Journal of Higher Education and Educational Planning, 2007
In this article the use, updating and integration of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for teaching and learning purposes is discussed. Based on an empirical study using interviews and document analysis of the implementation of ICT in five Norwegian universities and colleges, the article analyse a number of factors that are of…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Foreign Countries, Technology Uses in Education, Information Technology
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Havnes, Anton; Stensaker, Bjorn – Quality Assurance in Education: An International Perspective, 2006
Purpose: The paper aims to investigate the role of educational development centres, and their potential for playing a broader and more central role in quality and organisational development. Design/methodology/approach: The paper is based on the results of three external evaluations of educational development centres in Denmark and Norway,…
Descriptors: Educational Development, Foreign Countries, Role, Institutional Evaluation