Mergers in Higher Education: The Experience from Northern by Rómulo Pinheiro, Lars Geschwind, Timo Aarrevaara

By Rómulo Pinheiro, Lars Geschwind, Timo Aarrevaara

This booklet addresses the severe wisdom gaps of mergers concerning better schooling associations. it's in accordance with a comparative learn undertaking (spring 2013-spring 2015) investigating the phenomena of mergers regarding greater schooling associations around the Nordic international locations – Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark. The research concerned just about 30 students from the zone, and aimed toward laying off severe mild on, and delivering novel contributions round, the next key facets:

  • Conceptual and theoretical methods – strengths and barriers - in the direction of the research of the phenomena of mergers in better schooling;
  • Historical advancements, resulting in major structural alterations within the family greater schooling panorama, and, in flip, how mergers were used as a policy/institutional mechanism to foster model to a brand new exterior surroundings on the neighborhood, nationwide, local and foreign degrees;
  • The advanced dynamics inherent to merger approaches via project an in-depth research of a sequence of chosen case experiences, with a specific specialise in the “black-box” linked to the implementation technique;
  • The implications of the findings as regards destiny coverage and strategic endeavours, concept improvement and destiny examine time table.

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The fact that the current government has signalled that no more colleges are to be granted the status of universities before a new structure of higher education has been decided upon is perhaps the best example of the more bureaucratic logic currently over-riding the market logic. That being said, market logic is not totally absent in the current political deliberations about future mergers. A third observation one could make is that mergers seems to have a mediating function as a flexible organisational solution between the global trends in higher education governance and various national needs with respect to political demands for diversity, quality and efficiency.

In so doing, they identify three key merger phases, namely; state-initiated ‘forced’ mergers (early 1990s), ‘voluntary’ mergers driven by HEIs (2000–2013), and (back to) stateinitiated ‘forced-voluntary’ mergers (2014-ongoing). By using ‘institutional logics’ as a starting point for their analysis, the authors contend that the different logics at play have historically matched well with the notion of mergers as a solution to perceived problems facing the entire sector, thus making mergers more attractive.

Similarly, in 2009, 36 S. Kyvik and B. Stensaker Bergen University College proposed a merger with the University of Bergen, but the university rejected this proposal without further negotiations. The main reason for these rejections was that the universities wanted to further their positions as research universities, and that a merger with a large college would have led to a ‘hybriduniversity’ with a strong portfolio of professional programmes at Bachelor’s level. Merger discussions also took place between colleges and ‘new’ universities.

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