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The culture of governance in South African public higher education

Hall, M, Symes, A and Luescher, TM 2004, 'The culture of governance in South African public higher education' , Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, 26 (1) , pp. 91-107.

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Abstract

The South African public higher education system is at a point of transition as the mould of segregation is broken through a process of mergers and incorporations. This paper reports a study of governance at this transitional stage. Using case studies of 12 institutions, representative of the system as a whole, four types of governance were identified, differentiated by the representivity of those participating in decision-making processes, organizational effectiveness and capacity for implementation of policies. Together, these governance types constitute organizational cultures with distinctive characteristics. While the current restructuring exercise is addressing some core problems, the culture of governance is more than a set of technical arrangements. The case studies show that governance practices are shaped by institutional histories and complex sets of interests that have a durability that might require more than legislation to change.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: higher education; South Africa; governance
Themes: Subjects / Themes > L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Subjects / Themes > L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education > LB2341 Supervision and administration. Business management
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences > Centre for Social Justice Research
Strategic Leadership Team
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management
Publisher: Routledge
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1360-080X
Depositing User: AL Sherwin
Date Deposited: 07 Dec 2009 10:50
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 17:01
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/2625

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