Strategic Management of Academic Human Resources

In a new book chapter, Tatiana Fumasoli aims to understand how universities adapt to pressures for change and develop their strategic management of human resources. How do policy reforms, university strategies, and academic traditions play the role of drivers of change?

The chapter is available online as part of the volume New Voices in Higher Education Research and Scholarship, which is edited by Filipa M. Ribeiro, Yurgos Politis and Bojana Culum.

About the book

Higher Education systems and universities worldwide are constantly being transformed due to ever-changing practices and policies. Recent research reveals the challenges between society and higher education continue to grow. This book explores the role of higher education in today’s society. It discusses the rapidly changing nature of higher education around the globe, especially the relationship between higher education and social development.

Change in personnel policies

Using case studies, Tatiana Fumasoli discusses how change has been taking place in personnel policies of four European Flagship universities (University of Oslo, University of Helsinki, University of Basel, University of Vienna), bearing in mind relevant differences between national higher education systems. Her work has shown that regulatory frameworks (enhancing institutional autonomy), structural conditions (financial resources and students), and actors’ identities (academic profession, disciplinary fields, leadership, administration) shape the trajectories of universities and disciplines. In addition, Fumasoli discusses three analytical dimensions that emerged from presented comparative analysis that characterize how universities adapt to changing environmental conditions and leadership strategies: uncertainty, identity, and flexibility. Central in this chapter is to understand how universities adapt to pressures for change and develop their strategic management of human resources: how do policy reforms, university strategies, and academic traditions play the role of drivers of change?

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Tatiana Fumasoli
Strategic Management of Academic Human Resources: A Comparative Analysis of Flagship Universities in Norway, Finland, Switzerland, and Austria

In: New Voices in Higher Education Research and Scholarship
Filipa M. Ribeiro, Yurgos Politis and Bojana Culum (eds)

IGI Global, 2015
ISBN: 9781466672444

DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-7244-4.ch002

Published Feb. 24, 2015 10:28 AM - Last modified Feb. 24, 2015 10:31 AM