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How does collegiality survive managerially led universities? Evidence from a European Survey

Marini, G; Reale, E; (2015) How does collegiality survive managerially led universities? Evidence from a European Survey. European Journal of Higher Education , 6 (2) pp. 111-127. 10.1080/21568235.2015.1070676. Green open access

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Abstract

Today's universities are, accordingly to Clark's entrepreneurial model, sustained by managerialism, whereas collegialism may remain in contrast or work in a different way. More recent literature suggests the clash such as the potential for coexistence between managerialism and collegialism. The study analyses data from a survey of 26 universities in 8 European countries, focusing on middle managers (MMs). The results show that at the level of the individual institutions, there are notable positive correlations between the presence of collegial and of managerial cultures. Multilevel regressions at institutional level are analysed, to ‘predict’ collegiality in light of the universities' managerial culture and other factors affecting organizational change: accountability; distribution of discretional power; funding; impact of quality assurance (QA) and evaluation. The results illustrate that in more managerial universities, collegial culture increases above all when MMs believe that distance-steering tools (QA and evaluation) have had positive impacts. We find that collegiality can indeed thrive, even when ‘managerially led’.

Type: Article
Title: How does collegiality survive managerially led universities? Evidence from a European Survey
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/21568235.2015.1070676
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/21568235.2015.1070676
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Higher education, managerial culture, collegial culture, middle managers, entrepreneurial university
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Social Research Institute
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10040249
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