Organizational Institutionalism in Higher Education Studies
19 Mar 16:00-17:00 CET
Organizational institutionalism (in its many variants) is a commonly used theoretical framework in higher education studies focusing on organizational dimension of universities. Whenever we speak of isomorphism, rationalization, decoupling, organizational fields, institutional logics, diffusion, organizational actorhood, professional norms, rationalized myths, among others, we make (implicit or explicit) reference to some strand of institutional theory applied to organizational analysis.
As a family of concepts and theoretical arguments, this tradition spans social-scientific disciplines and has greatly informed our perspective on higher education. At the same time, and as with any theory, this one too has many interpretations, opposing views, and certainly critics. So, how do we make sense of it?
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