Mergers in Higher Education: The Experience from Northern Europe

Romulo Pinheiro (Editor), Lars Geschwind (Editor), Timo Aarrevaara (Editor)

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This book addresses the critical knowledge gaps of mergers involving higher education institutions. It is based on a comparative research project (spring 2013-spring 2015) investigating the phenomena of mergers involving higher education institutions across the Nordic countries – Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark. The study involved close to 30 scholars from the region, and aimed at shedding critical light on, and providing novel contributions around, the following key aspects:

Conceptual and theoretical approaches – strengths and limitations - towards the study of the phenomena of mergers in higher education;
Historical developments, leading to significant structural changes in the domestic higher education landscape, and, in turn, how mergers have been used as a policy/institutional mechanism to foster adaptation to a new external environment at the local, national, regional and international levels;
The complex dynamics inherent to merger processes by undertaking an in-depth investigation of a series of selected case studies, with a particular focus on the “black-box” associated with the implementation process;
The implications of the findings as regards future policy and strategic endeavours, theory development and future research agenda.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages236
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-21918-9
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-21917-2
Publication statusPublished - 2016
MoEC publication typeC2 Edited books

Publication series

SeriesHigher Education Dynamics


  • higher education
  • merger
  • reform
  • Sweden
  • Norway
  • Finland
  • Denmark

Field of science

  • Administrative science


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