The Assessment of Potentials as a Basis to Reform University Management


The Bologna Reform in Europe, which led to systematic changes in academic teaching and learnings structures, finally implemented in 2002, also made a need for reforms at the management level of universities visible. However, approaches to modernize the management structure with components such as strategy and structure, performance measurability, or process economy via key figures have not found lasting acceptance in the administrative landscape yet. Particularly cultural changes towards a motivating working environment for academic and non-academic professionals remained underdeveloped. In this respect, research mainly focusses on questions on how to implement transformation in administrative structures through motivation, a methodical approach to change, establishing jointly lived attitudes and values as well as the design of a sense of commitment and belonging together in a work context. Conceptually, reference is made to the "Theory of Absorptive Capacity" based on Cohen/Levinthal for innovative capacity and the future viability of organizations, including three partial capabilities. This leads to a brief overview of fundamental approaches to change management from the perspective of organizational design to increase the maturity of organizational change. A quantitative survey shows the existing reasons, and why high potentials leave the administrative sector, exemplarily in German-speaking countries. Based on this survey on changes in work requirements, the importance of recruitment and the possibility of winning over ‘designers’ will be presented. This approach aims to show opportunities to derive recommendations on service initiatives and to launch efficient reforms in the public learning management.

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Christian Schachtner, IU University of Applied Sciences, Germany
Nadine Baumann, IU University of Applied Sciences, Germany

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Conference: IICE2023
Stream: Educational policy

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Schachtner C., & Baumann N. (2023) The Assessment of Potentials as a Basis to Reform University Management ISSN: 2189-1036 – The IAFOR International Conference on Education – Hawaii 2023 Official Conference Proceedings
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