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Guest talk

Prof. Jürgen Enders

(University of Bath, UK)

Organizations as Penetrated Hierarchies

Institutional change and variations in patterns of control in European universities

Prof. Enders' presentation will be based on a joint paper with Ivar Bleiklie (Bergen) and Benedetto Lepori (Lugano). The paper contributes to the scholarly debate on transformation of organizational control in knowledge-intensive professional organizations by investigating public universities and changes in the institutional and resource environment related to New Public Management (NPM) policies.

The authors focus on the extent and means through which organizational leadership achieves control in universities. Their key findings are:

  1. that there is no global solution to the tension between organizational control and autonomy, and that local orders emerge characterized by different levels of centralization and different combination of control instruments;
  2. that the environment influences organizational control through a range of mechanisms, including varying degrees of institutional pressures towards a corporate organizational model, direct regulatory intervention from the State and the structure of the resource space;
  3. that these mechanisms are associated with how public policies are instrumented and that the impact of NPM policies might generate both pressures for tighter control and new forms of loose couplings; and
  4. that external relationships with the State and other key stakeholders amplify or curtail intra-organizational leadership power depending on the national policy environment and the distribution of external relationships across organizational layers.

The authors propose the term penetrated hierarchies to label this coupling of intra-organizational control with the multiple external relationships of organizational members.


Jürgen Enders is Professor of Higher Education at the University of Bath. His academic interest is focused on the study of institutional change in the field of universities, and their role in society and economy. He has written and (co)edited 14 books, and published more than 100 articles. Jürgen is member of the Academia Europaea and of the German Academe of Science and Engineering, and Honorary Fellow of the Society for Research in Higher Education. He is member of the Advisory Committee for Research and Knowledge Exchange of the Higher Education Funding Council for England, of the German Advisory Council for Education, and of the R&D committee of the European Federation for Management Development.

Wednesday, 29 October 2014, 4.00–5.30 p.m. | Vogelpothsweg 78 (CDI building), room 114
Center for Higher Education (zhb)
Professorship of Higher Education

Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund University is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is "Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen" (closer to Campus Süd), and from B 1 / A 40 "Dort­mund-Dorstfeld" (closer to Campus Nord). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from Campus Nord to Campus Süd by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at Campus Nord and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.

 

TU Dort­mund University has its own train station ("Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät"). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station ("Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof") and Düsseldorf main station via the "Düsseldorf Airport Train Station" (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 15 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station "Stadtgarten", usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At "Stadtgarten" you switch trains and get on line U42 towards "Hombruch". Look out for the Station "An der Palmweide". From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop "Dort­mund Kampstraße". From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop "Dort­mund Wittener Straße". Switch to bus line 447 and get off at "Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S".

 

The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund University. There are two stations on Campus Nord. One ("Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S") is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the "Technologiepark" and (via Campus Süd) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at Campus Nord and offers a direct connection to Campus Süd every five minutes.

 

The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dort­mund Airport (DTM) to Dort­mund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dort­mund Central Station, you can continue to the uni­ver­si­ty campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of in­ter­na­tio­nal flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the uni­ver­si­ty station.

 

Interactive map

The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent "Technologiepark".

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