Niels Ejersbo, Carsten Greve, Signe Pihl-Thingvad

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Universities can perhaps more accurately be characterized as being “normal public service organizations”; they are “normalized” in the sense that they now look more or less like any organization delivering a public service in a Western European country like Denmark. Performance contracts were introduced, and they were first billed as being about “liberation management” and supporting performance management known within New Public Management (NPM). The big lure of NPM was always that public organizations would be set free, manage their own affairs, and compete in a marketplace for customers and resources. Universities seem to have lost that special ingredient that sets them apart from all other types of organizations delivering public services. Many of the researchers in the empirical material were ignorant of the possibilities of getting rewarded by the universities for their performance. Performance contracts tied the universities to the state, and the governance of universities by the state is intact.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGoverning the Reformed University
EditorsNiels Ejersbo, Carsten Greve, Signe Pihl-Thingvad
Place of PublicationNew York
Publication date2020
ISBN (Print)9781315157979
ISBN (Electronic)9781351655200
Publication statusPublished - 2020
SeriesRoutledge Critical Studies In Public Management


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  • Governing the Reformed University

    Ejersbo, N. (ed.), Greve, C. (ed.) & Pihl-Thingvad, S. (ed.), 2020, 1. ed. New York: Routledge. 170 p. (Routledge Critical Studies In Public Management).

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