Seminar: Institutional logics perspective for analysing internationalisation of higher education with Dr. Jennifer Olson

We are delighted to share with you another seminar recording from the research group HEIK (Higher Education: Institutional dynamics and Knowledge cultures). HEIK is a research group located at the Faculty of Educational Sciences in University of Oslo, the coordinating institution of Hedda.

Dr. Jennifer Olson

Dr. Jennifer Olson

In this session, we feature Dr. Jennifer Olson, who gives a presentation “Institutional logics: a framework for analyzing the internationalization of higher education?“. The seminar was held in Oslo in February 2014.

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Abstract for the session:

In the span of three decades the notion of the ‘internationalization of higher education’ expanded from a collection of uncoordinated, individual projects and programs to an all-encompassing, conceptually ambiguous and blurry term. Despite the conceptual fuzziness “no corner of the globe or institutional type has proven itself immune to the call to ‘internationalize’” (Rubley, Altbach & Reisberg 2012, p.3). Activities under the auspices of internationalization include everything from international branch campuses to individual faculty members spending a week at another institution. In stretching the concept so wide, it is challenging to see its boundaries and even to conceive of one type of internationalization. Nevertheless, despite – or possibly because – ‘internationalization’ is a blurry and ambiguous concept, several of the practices labeled as internationalization seem to have a transformative feedback effect on the national higher education institutions. By creating new linkages between actors, organizations, programs and policies, internationalization opens up opportunities for actors to legitimately create (and fund) new programs and projects, which, as a mostly unintended side-effect, put pressure on certain element of national higher education systems. Through using the institutional logics (Friedland & Alford, 1991; Thornton, Ocasio & Lounsbury, 2012) perspective, the paper aims to develop an analytical framework to map and understand the ambiguous processes of internationalization as well as to analyze its effects on the institutions and regulation of higher education systems.