Internationalizing higher education: from grand plans to evolving responses

Mertkan, Sefika and Gilanlioglu, Ilkay and McGrath, Simon (2016) Internationalizing higher education: from grand plans to evolving responses. Journal of Organizational Change Management, 29 (6). pp. 889-902. ISSN 0953-4814

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Purpose – This paper explores the complexity of developing into an international institution from the perspective of higher education leaders through the case study of one institution engaged in institutional transformation.

Design/Methodology/Approach – This study employs the qualitative approach and involves in-depth interviews with key institutional managers.

Findings - Findings suggest internationalization is a dynamic change process that goes beyond the rational and predictive elements of internationalization and cannot be confined to the rational planning and grand plans solely at institutional level. Reciprocal influence of different levels of analysis – institution, society and the nation – needs to be acknowledged and internationalization efforts need to go beyond the confines of the institution and extend into the society and the nation as a whole.

Originality/Value - Internationalization of higher education has been widely examined, but the reciprocal influence of different levels of analysis on the internationalization efforts of higher education institutions is thin to which this paper contributes.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Internationalization, Higher education, Change management, Educational change
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham UK Campus > Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Education
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Depositing User: Eprints, Support
Date Deposited: 25 Jul 2016 07:37
Last Modified: 17 Oct 2016 20:26

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