Towards a novel conceptual framework for understanding mergers in higher education

Yuzhuo Cai, Romulo Pinheiro, Lars Geschwind, Timo Johannes Aarrevaara

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This paper tries to develop a conceptual framework for a comprehensive understanding of the merger process, which is regarded as a matter of institutionalization of organizational innovation. In the framework, a number of factors affecting merger process or institutionalization of merger are identified, such as those related to environmental issues, economic benefits, institutional compatibility and human agency. The framework hopefully narrows our knowledge gap on theorizing innovation process, in general, and university merger, in particular. It also has a potential to better assist decision-makers and managers in planning and implementing university mergers.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEuropean Journal of Higher Education
Early online date14 Oct 2015
Publication statusPublished - 14 Oct 2015
MoEC publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Field of science

  • Administrative science


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