Processing societal expectations : entrepreneurship initiative decision-making at a research university
|Author:||Tuunainen, Juha1; Kantasalmi, Kari1|
1Department of Marketing, Management and International Business, University of Oulu Business School, P.O. Box 4600, Oulu, FIN-90014, Finland
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|Persistent link:|| http://urn.fi/urn:nbn:fi-fe20231003138508
|Publish Date:|| 2023-10-03
Deploying systems-theoretical conceptuality, this paper improves understanding of the organisational consequences of the intensified societal engagement of a research university. Aligning its work with Luhmannian organisational analysis, it addresses the dynamic interplay between two modes of administrative decision-making communication, namely, the traditional professional administration and the New-Public-Management-oriented (NPM) managerial techniques. Our research observes how the politico-economic conditions of the society translate into the university’s decisions concerning an initiative to engage in start-up entrepreneurship. The article contributes to higher education literature by showing that the university’s professional administration is a discrete organisational function internally differentiated into specialised administrative branches, each of which operates according to a sense-making regime associated with its primary societal system reference, such as education, science and the economy. The article also demonstrates the structurally conditioned differences in branch-specific temporalisations of the entrepreneurial initiative during decision-making. Inspired by the Luhmannian view on temporality, we demonstrate how administrative decisions synchronise the varied structural time horizons within the university’s professional administration. Focus on temporality in decision-making thus allows us to see how the NPM-inspired managerial techniques are operationalised in administrative communication at universities. Consequently, the paper argues that university administration is a complex dynamic entity, which varyingly aligns itself to national policy scripts, and only selectively enacts features of a global trend known as NPM.
|Type of Publication:||
A1 Journal article – refereed
|Field of Science:||
512 Business and management
This research was supported by funding from the Academy of Finland (decision number 316545).
|Academy of Finland Grant Number:||
316545 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
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