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Turnaround: Leading Stressed Colleges and Universities to Excellence


reviewed by Jarmo Vakkuri — May 21, 2009

coverTitle: Turnaround: Leading Stressed Colleges and Universities to Excellence
Author(s): James Martin and James E. Samels
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore
ISBN: 0801890683, Pages: 328, Year: 2008
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Higher education systems and organizations are experiencing significant institutional change. Some changes are transformative, fundamental and to some extent global, for instance the commodification of scientific research, mass production of higher education and challenging the traditional academic mode of knowledge production (Gibbons et al., 1994; Owen-Smith, 2005). Some are more local and national in nature: for instance, the diversity of student needs and foci of educational policies. Universities have distinct capabilities for adapting to such changes. Some universities may benefit from changes while others are subject to stress, institutional and financial fragility. The book Turnaround – Leading Stressed Colleges and Universities to Excellence deals with the latter group of universities, those whose performance is not as good as it might be. For various reasons these universities are at the stage of systematically declining performance. More formally, a stressed college or university is defined as an institution that is dependent on tuition or... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: May 21, 2009
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15633, Date Accessed: 10/22/2017 3:16:29 PM

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  • Jarmo Vakkuri
    University of Tampere, Finland
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    Jarmo Vakkuri PhD is a professor of local public economics. He works at the Department of Economics and Accounting at the University of Tampere, Finland. He has been a visiting scholar at Stanford University (USA) and at the University of Edinburgh (UK). He has been Professor in Public Administration at the University of Vaasa, Finland. His research interests and current projects address public financial management, theories and methodologies of efficiency and performance measurement, markets and quasi-markets in the political environment, governance of university organizations and institutional change of local government. His recent papers include “The impact of culture on the use of performance measurement information in the university setting”, published in Management Decision, “Institutional change of universities as a problem of evolving boundaries”, published in Higher Education Policy, co-author of “Ambiguity in performance measurement – A theoretical approach to organisational uses of performance measurement”, published in Financial Accountability and Management and co-author of “Distinctive research patterns on public sector performance measurement of public administration and accounting disciplines, published in Public Management Review.
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