Ivar Anders Bleiklie

University of Bergen
Administration and Organization Theory

Christiesgate 17
Bergen, Hordaland
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My current research concentrates on comparative research on higher education and research policy and the transformation of universities and higher education systems in Europe. I have been engaged in several projects on this topic. I am currently planning new comparative projects on the regulation of higher education and working on several publications about the impact of policies on university organizations and higher education systems in eight European countries.

Bleiklie, I., Enders, J. and Lepori B. (eds) 2017. Managing Universities - Policies and Organizational Change from a Western European Comparative Perspective. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Abstract: This book asks how modern universities are organized and managed, and questions whether 30 years of university reforms have resulted in stronger managerial structures and leadership control. It further asks whether current organisational and decision making structures can be explained by public reform policies. The book offers a coherent, empirically grounded and theoretically driven presentation of data and core ideas behind a large scale comparative study of 26 universities across eight European countries. It focuses on the strength of university managerial structures, the role of academics, and how universities relate to and depend on their environment: to governments and other actors; to funders; to evaluators; and to external stakeholders. It further explores how higher education policies are shaped by and affect universities. Written by a crossdisciplinary team of European scholars, this book is unique both in its wide coverage and the depth of its analyses. It will be of great interest to scholars, graduate students and advanced undergraduates in the fields of organisation theory and sociology, policy studies, comparative public policy and administration, and higher education studies. It will also be of interest to higher education policy makers and administrators.
Michelsen, S., Sweetman, R. Stensaker B. and Bleiklie I. (2016) “The shaping of a policy instrument: The political-administrative formation of learning outcomes in higher education in Norway and England”,Higher Education Policy 29 (3)
DOI: 10.1057/s41307-016-0009-5
Bleiklie, Ivar. 2012. “Collegiality and Hierarchy – Coordinating Principles in Higher Education.” The Global University: Past, Present, and Future Perspectives, eds. Adam Nelson & Ian Wei. Houndmills, Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan.
Bleiklie, Ivar and Svein Michelsen. 2013. “Comparing Higher Education Policies in Europe - Structures and Reform Outputs in Eight countries” Higher Education. 65 (1): 113–133 (2013),
DOI: DOI 10.1007/s10734-012-9584-5
Bleiklie, Ivar, Enders, Jürgen and Lepori, Benedetto. 2015. "Organizations as Penetrated Hierarchies. Institutional Pressures and Variations in Patterns of Control in European Universities," Organization Studies, 36 (7): 873-896.
Bleiklie, I.,G.M. Nyhagen, J. Enders and B. Lepori. 2015. “Organizing Knowledge Institutions – Standardizing Diversity," L Wedlin & M Nedeva (eds.) Towards European Science: Dynamics and Change in Science Policy and Organization. London: Edward Elgar.
Bleiklie, Ivar and Michelsen, Svein. 2015. “Scandinavian Higher Education Governance”, Jansen, S.A., Schröter, E., Stehr, N.: Bildung der Bildung, Wiesbaden: SpringerVS.

Substantive Focus:
Governance PRIMARY
Science and Technology Policy
Comparative Public Policy SECONDARY

Theoretical Focus:
Policy Process Theory PRIMARY