High complexity and high autonomy: Challenges and requirements of low-level manager-academics at two Austrian higher education institutions

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Abstract

Institutional autonomy, the implementation of new governance systems, and the increasing importance of competition in science pose a substantive challenge to higher education leadership and management. So far, few researchers have addressed the issue of how these parameters have affected the daily work of higher education low-level managers (e.g. heads of department or heads of study programmes) and how they cope with the related challenges. A qualitative research study was conducted in two different Austrian higher education institutions: one traditional university and one university of applied sciences. It analyses the duties and requirements of low-level managers and how they are affected by external and internal governance structures. Findings Show that the high complexity of duties and the high autonomy of academic staff are the primary influencing factors on the interpretation and explicit performance of These management and leadership positions.
Translated title of the contributionHigh complexity and high autonomy: Challenges and requirements of low-level manager-academics at two Austrian higher education institutions
Original languageGerman
Pages (from-to)80-103
JournalBeiträge zur Hochschulforschung
Volume39
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2017

Keywords

  • Hochschulforschung
  • Higher Education Studies
  • Higher Education Research

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'High complexity and high autonomy: Challenges and requirements of low-level manager-academics at two Austrian higher education institutions'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this