Journal article

Institutional isomorphism and the creation of the unified national system of higher education in Australia: An empirical analysis

G Croucher, P Woelert

Higher Education | Springer Verlag | Published : 2016


Previous research has highlighted the occurrence of isomorphic tendencies— convergences in terms of formal organizational structure—in higher education systems in times of uncertainty and under external pressure to change. It has been repeatedly claimed that the Australian university system largely followed a logic of isomorphic change in the aftermath of radical national policy reform of the late 1980s. Yet to date, there is a lack of comprehensive empirical studies testing this thesis. Addressing this lacuna, and drawing on a range of university and government data, this paper tracks and analyses: (a) changes in the formal academic organizational structures existing at all public Australia..

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Awarded by Australian Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

The authors acknowledge the support of the Australian Research Council with Grant DP140102874 to undertake this research and wish to thank the members of the research team for their comments and feedback on earlier drafts of this paper. The authors for this paper are listed alphabetically.