A1 Journal article (refereed)
Hybridity in Nordic Higher Education (2022)

Pekkola, E., Pinheiro, R., Geschwind, L., Siekkinen, T., Pulkkinen, K., & Carvalho, T. (2022). Hybridity in Nordic Higher Education. International Journal of Public Administration, 45(2), 171-184. https://doi.org/10.1080/01900692.2021.2012190

JYU authors or editors

Publication details

All authors or editors: Pekkola, Elias; Pinheiro, Romulo; Geschwind, Lars; Siekkinen, Taru; Pulkkinen, Kirsi; Carvalho, Teresa

Journal or series: International Journal of Public Administration

ISSN: 0190-0692

eISSN: 1532-4265

Publication year: 2022

Publication date: 29/12/2021

Volume: 45

Issue number: 2

Pages range: 171-184

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Publication country: United States

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/01900692.2021.2012190

Publication open access: Openly available

Publication channel open access: Partially open access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/79304


This article builds on the concept of nested hybridity. It emphasizes professional practices and organizational design in studying hybridity of steering and management of professional public service organization. The article compares public sector dynamics in higher education in Finland, Norway, and Sweden. The data consists of surveys and interviews on performance management in Nordic universities. Previous studies on hybridity of professional work and public organizations define hybridity as a multidimensional concept that occurs at different levels of social practices. While the multifaceted nature of hybridity is clear, demarcating between levels of hybridity and theoretical approaches remains complex. Based on our empirical findings, no clear top-down or bottom-up causality chains are identified. We question whether hybridity is nested as the levels of hybridity are intervened and connected, but not all levels have implications for all other levels.

Keywords: tertiary education; public sector; organisations (systems); working life; educational systems; training services; value creation

Free keywords: hybridity; higher education; Nordic; steering

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Ministry reporting: Yes

Reporting Year: 2022

JUFO rating: 1

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