Tag: institutional theory

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.




Seminar: a new social contract for higher education

We are pleased to present you another recorded session from the HEIK academic seminar series in the field of higher education. This lecture was recorded in December 2013 and features Professor Peter Maassen who in this presentation discusses the new social contract for higher education.

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Hedda podcast: Autonomy of universities with Dr Tatiana Fumasoli

Episode 42 of our podcast series features dr. Tatiana Fumasoli from ARENA, the Centre of European Studies at the University of Oslo. In the podcast she reflects on the issue of autonomy and shares some preliminary and highly interesting findings on a recent project focused on examining how Norwegian and other Western European universities use and interpret autonomy in the context of balancing excellence with socio-economic relevance.


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Tatiana Fumasoli  (ARENA, University of Oslo)

Tatiana Fumasoli
(ARENA, University of Oslo)

Dr. Tatiana Fumasoli is employed as a post-doctoral fellow at ARENA in University of Oslo. She holds a PhD (2011) in Communication Sciences from Università della Svizzera italiana (USI). Her thesis was called ‘Strategy as evolutionary path. Five higher education institutions on the move’. Prior to her PhD she obtained an Executive Master in Communications Manafgement from USI and worked as a researcher at CORe (Centre for Organizational Research) Faculty of Economics at the USI.

She is also a member of the UACES Collaborative Research Network on the European Research Area (ERA-CRN).

Her main research interests are linked to higher education research, management sciences, and organisation theory.




New HEIK working paper on institutional transformation of a new university

 The research group on higher education at University of Oslo, HEIK (Higher Education: Institutional Dynamics and Knowledge Cultures), has recently published a new issue in its working paper series. The working paper series features papers on various issues related to higher education research, both from HEIK members and selected guests who have been speakers at various HEIK academic seminars and similar events.

In this edition, dr. Romulo Pinheiro examines the establishment of a new university in Southern Norway and the types of challenges and contradictions this process creates. He concludes that in their quest to balance the global (excellence) and local (relevance) aspirations, the institution faces a number of challenges. The paper can provide valuable information to both higher education researchers and institutional managers.

You can download the working paper (pdf) here.

You can also view a video recording of the initial version of the paper being presented at a HEIK seminar.




Call for Participants: SCANCOR workshop for institutional analysis

SCANCOR (The Scandinavian Consortium for Organizational Research) facilitates cooperation between member institutions in Scandinavia and greater Europe and Stanford University. Every year it holds a PhD workshop on institutional analysis. This year SCANCOR is hosting its annual PhD workshop at WU (Vienna University of Economics and Business) August 27-31, 2012.

The workshop is highly selective and is aimed at Nordic and European doctoral students and has focus on developing the theoretical and methodological knowledge of the participants. Relevant topics include a number of topics highly relevant for PhD students who work with universities and higher education.

The workshop is organised around three activities: research seminars presenting current research by the faculty, seminars to discuss both classic and modern institutional theory, and seminars for methodoloigical discussions. The presenters this year include world renowned scholars such as Bruce Carruthers from Northwestern University, Gili Drori from Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Victoria Johnson and Jason Owen-Smith from University of Michigan and Walter W. Powell from Stanford.

You can find more information about the opportunities and requirements for participation by downloading the extended course information (.pdf) here.

Deadline: May 1st 2012

We have earlier interviewed Gili Drori for our Hedda podcast series where she reflects on the homogenisation and diversification and gives her insights of a project analyzing university branding. You can listen to the podcast here.