Using a competing values framework to examine university culture

Sanderson, Donald Mark (2006) Using a competing values framework to examine university culture. Masters by Research thesis, Queensland University of Technology.


The presented dissertation reports the findings of an exploratory study that mapped the perceptions of stakeholders on the changing nature of the organisational culture, in terms of the corporatisation of higher education, in a single faculty from a large Australian university. The study used a mixed-method, case study approach and it tested the usefulness of an organisational culture measuring instrument based on the Competing Values Framework (Quinn & McGrath, 1985; Quinn & Rohrbaugh, 1981,

1983). The presented work argues that the institution of higher education can be viewed as being rudimentarily comprised of having two symbiotic cultural parts - a collegial and a mercantile part and that these parts form the corporation that is an institution of higher education. The generated hypothesis is that when the values of these two competing cultures are in a particular configuration of influence with each other, a university has its best opportunity to effectively attend to its core functions.

The research found that the relationship between the collegial and the mercantile parts in the study site's culture had shifted in favour of a mercantile culture and further research is needed to determine if that means the organisation is operating at an optimal effectiveness.

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ID Code: 16464
Item Type: QUT Thesis (Masters by Research)
Supervisor: Watters, James, Nailon, Diane, & Ryan, Michael
Keywords: case study, change, competing values framework, corporatisation, culture, higher education, organisation, mixed method, university
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Department: Faculty of Education
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright Donald Mark Sanderson
Deposited On: 03 Dec 2008 04:03
Last Modified: 14 Nov 2011 01:51

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