From Voluntary Collective Action to Organized Collaboration? The Provision of Public Goods in Pluralistic Organizations

Fabian Hattke, Steffen Blaschke, Jetta Frost

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    Abstrakt

    Our study examines the relationship between voluntary collective action, organized collaboration, and the provision of public goods in pluralistic organizations. Using German higher education as a context, we investigate whether specialized central support structures contribute to performance in three fields of action: the training of young scientists, internationalization, and gender diversity. The findings indicate that organized collaboration may lead to improved performance in the training of young scientists and gender diversity. Conversely, voluntary collective action enhances internationalization. Based on our results, we suggest that, depending on the field of action, voluntary collective action and organized collaboration are substitutes with regard to performance. Our study contributes to the literature on collective action and to research on public organizations in pluralistic institutional environments. It also informs higher education research and policy on the effectiveness of new organizational designs based on centralized and specialized support structures at universities.
    OriginalsprogEngelsk
    TitelMulti-Level Governance in Universities : Strategy, Structure, Control
    RedaktørerJetta Frost, Fabian Hattke, Markus Reihlen
    Antal sider26
    UdgivelsesstedCham
    ForlagSpringer Science+Business Media
    Publikationsdato2016
    Sider115-140
    ISBN (Trykt)9783319326764
    ISBN (Elektronisk)9783319326788
    DOI
    StatusUdgivet - 2016
    NavnHigher Education Dynamics
    Nummer47
    ISSN1571-0378

    Emneord

    • Centralization
    • Specialization
    • Higher education
    • University commons
    • Postgraduate education
    • Internationalization
    • Gender diversity

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