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Juha Tuunainen, Kari Kantasalmi & Sari Laari-Salmela (2023) Emergence of a potentialising organisation in University self-governance: temporalisations in strategies, Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, DOI: 10.1080/1360080X.2023.2276786

Emergence of a potentialising organisation in University self-governance : temporalisations in strategies

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Author: Tuunainen, Juha1; Kantasalmi, Kari1; Laari-Salmela, Sari1
Organizations: 1Department of Marketing, Management and International Business, University of Oulu Business School, Oulu, Finland
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Version: published version
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Language: English
Published: Informa, 2023
Publish Date: 2023-11-07


Referring to failures in policy-driven public governance research this paper looks at strategising in higher education. It expands horizons for understanding university strategies in a more nuanced way than hitherto has been done. Deploying systems theory, it shows how different temporalities co-exist in strategies and how their change reflects the university’s capacity to meet future contingencies. Extending the current research on strategising, the paper uses the present’s past, the present’s future, the future’s present and the future’s future as temporal categories to understand strategies. It shows how strategies evolve from traditional linear planning orientation to a novel potentiality-seeking mode with unique meanings attached to unknown futures. It claims that universities develop such responsive contingency awareness to construct a leeway for their self-governance in the face of unexpected future conditions. This change is characterised by the emergence of a potentialising organisation seeking to turn indeterminant futures into its developmental resources.

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Series: Journal of higher education policy and management
ISSN: 1360-080X
ISSN-E: 1469-9508
ISSN-L: 1360-080X
Volume: Online first
DOI: 10.1080/1360080x.2023.2276786
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 516 Educational sciences
Funding: The work was supported by the Academy of Finland [Grant number 316545].
Academy of Finland Grant Number: 316545
Detailed Information: 316545 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
Copyright information: © 2023 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License ( licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. The terms on which this article has been published allow the posting of the Accepted Manuscript in a repository by the author(s) or with their consent.