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2014 EFMD Higher Education Research Conference in Stockholm

EFMDTheme for this years conference is Research on Higher Education Management, Management Education and Business Schools: “Developments & Discoveries”. The conference is hosted by Stockholm Business School, at Stockholm University in Sweden, at 15-16 May 2014.

The main target group for the conference is to facilitate research and dialogue on topics related to Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and business schools by bringing together academics from management, higher education and other fields.

Three keynote speakers have been confirmed:

  • Rosemary DEEM, Vice Principal and Professor of Higher Education Management, Royal Holloway College, University of London
    “Developments and Discoveries in Research on Higher Education Management”
  • Santiago IÑIGUEZ DE ONZOÑO, Dean and Professor of Strategic Management, IE Business School
    “Bridging the Agora and the Academia: Relevance and Impact of Business School Research”
  • Ken STARKEY, Professor of Management and Organisational Learning, Nottingham Business School
    “In Search of a Narrative: Reflections on the Evolution of the Business School”

More information on conference website

Guest blogger: Resistance towards the transplantations of management routines at the Mekelle University

Nigusse Weldemariam (Mekelle University, Ethiopia)

Hedda Master programme graduate Nigusse Weldemariam writes about the difficulties of introducing new management practices and the disparities between expectations and reality when putting new instruments to practice, not least due to the resistance shown by the academic staff. This post follows up on an earlier post on about the reform agenda that introduced of these processes.

Nigusse Weldemariam completed his master studies at University of Oslo in 2009. From before, he holds a bachelor degree in pedagogical sciences from Bahirdar university in Ethiopia. Currently, he is working as a lecturer at the Institute of Pedagogical Sciences in Mekelle University in Ethiopia. The institute provides pedagogical training to prospective high school teachers, university instructors and school principals.

Equating the universities with business corporate companies is becoming an emerging experience. That is, despite that universities are different from business corporate companies; there are experiences of transplanting the management principles of the business corporate companies to higher education institutions.

Mekelle University is amongst Ethiopian public universities that have reformed its management practices using the tools which were originally developed in the business corporate business companies. These tools include the BPR (Business Processes reengineering) and BSC (Balanced Score Card).

BPR is “a fundamental rethinking and radical redesign of business processes to achieve dramatic improvement in critical contemporary measure of performance such as cost, quality, service and speed (Hammer & Champy, 1993, p. 32). The BSC is a management tool used to communicate, implement and describe organization’s strategy (Kaplan, 2010, p. 3). Both  tools have been developed in the business corporate companies in the 1980s. Therefore, the application of the tools in the university setting, which is different from the business corporate companies, scratches some theoretical and practical questions. Thus, one of the aims of the present post is to highlight these questions by reflecting on the experiences of the Mekelle University.

HEIK academic seminar on rankings and organisation of universities with K. Sahlin

This video features a presentation by dr. Kerstin Sahlin, titled “A rising interest in management and governance of universities: Rankings and organization models on the move”.  In this presentation, Sahlin examines two influential global themes: the expansion of rankings and assessments, and how universities have become organisational actors. The two themes are interrelated and they are also connected to a number of other global developments, and multilevel analysis will be employed to explain why universities have lately become subject to such intense reforms of governance and organization.

Kerstin Sahlin is currently a professor of business administration at Uppsala University, and has extensive first hand knowledge about higher education governance in Nordic countries. She has earlier held the position of prorector at Uppsala University and her main research interests are linked to the organizational change in the public sector and the transnationalisation of management ideas.

The lecture was recorded in April 2012 as a part of the academic seminar series of the research group HEIK (Higher Education: Institutional Dynamics and Knowledge Cultures) at the university of Oslo.

Hedda podcast: New Public Management in Sweden and impact on gender, with prof. E. Berg

Episode 33 of our podcast series features professor Elisabeth Berg who reflects on recent developments in Swedish higher education in relation to new public management, and highlights the findings from a recent project that examined the role of gender in this new managerial context.

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Professor Elisabeth Berg, Luleå University

Elisabeth Berg is a professor at the Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences in the Division of Human Work Science at the Luleå University in Sweden, and her main research interests are linked to the relationship between working conditions, organisation, public leadership and gender, and she has published more than 120 articles, reports and other publications on these topics.

She has extensive experience in researching women and middle management and has engaged both in research and theory development in this area. Her recent research has focused mainly on New public management and its implications for academics and managers in England and Sweden, in cooperation with the University of East London.

Picture: Luleå University 

In Focus: European Centre for Strategic Management of Universities (ESMU)

In our next edition of the “In Focus” series we would like to highlight a centre that is active in European policy debates concerning higher education. This introduction was written by Hedda graduate Inês Proença, who at the moment works at ESMU as a project officer.   

ESMU – European Centre for Strategic Management of Universities was created in 1986 as  an international think tank non profit association to promote the strategic management of European universities. By offering management development programmes, benchmarking exercises and a learning environment on good management practices, ESMU brings valuable support to European universities striving to further their strategic developments.


HUMANE (a network for heads of administration) and DEAN (a platform for deans and academic leaders) were launched to promote the professional development of senior university leaders.

ESMU has a long experience with benchmarking in higher education with transnational benchmarking groups and two recent EU-funded projects under the framework of the Lifelong Learning Programme.