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Universal Design & Higher Education in Transformation Congress,30th October -2nd November 2018, Dublin Castle


A universal approach to strategy formulation in higher education implies one that is fit for the many and complex contingencies faced by that institution. Reviews of current form of strategising indicate that the present approach to strategic management falls short of meeting that criterion. The paper suggests that this deficiency might be addressed by adopting a much more fluid perception of the university as an organisation and devising a form of strategic management that that takes greater account of the paradoxical nature of the institution and the environment in which it operates. It argues that deficiencies in the present form may be attributable to a limited systemic theorisation university as an organisation and suggests adopting a more pluralistic approach, one that involves paying greater attention to the local processes that actually bring change about. The result is a much more diffuse and continuous conceptualisation of strategy that fuses intentional and emergent forms and helps to reframe the many conflicting strategic issues which are faced by higher education institutionsi.

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