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Technical Identity in a MergerProcess : Between a Rock and a Hard Place (2020)
Technical Identity in a Merger Process : Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Vellamo, T., Pekkola, E., Siekkinen, T., & Cai, Y. (2020). Technical Identity in a MergerProcess : Between a Rock and a Hard Place. In L. Geschwind, A. Broström, & K. Larsen (Eds.), Technical Universities : Past, Present and Future (pp. 165-190). Springer. Higher Education Dynamics, 56. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-50555-4_9

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Publication details

All authors or editors: Vellamo, Tea; Pekkola, Elias; Siekkinen, Taru; Cai, Yuzhuo

Parent publication: Technical Universities : Past, Present and Future

Parent publication editors: Geschwind, Lars; Broström, Anders; Larsen, Katarina

ISBN: 978-3-030-50554-7

eISBN: 978-3-030-50555-4

Journal or series: Higher Education Dynamics

ISSN: 1571-0378

eISSN: 2215-1923

Publication year: 2020

Number in series: 56

Pages range: 165-190

Number of pages in the book: 242

Publisher: Springer

Place of Publication: Cham

Publication country: Switzerland

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-50555-4_9

Publication open access: Openly available

Publication channel open access: Open Access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/71592


University mergers are sites of self-reflection where the identities of the institutions in question are juxtaposed and challenged. We examine the organisational identity of a Finnish single-faculty technical university in the context of a merger process with a comprehensive multi-disciplinary university and a university of applied sciences. Through interview data, we shed light on the self-conception of the technical university compared with the other higher education institutions. According to our analysis, the identity of the technical university is constructed and represented in relation to the aspects of society and entrepreneurialism, academic discipline and, particularly, the technical disciplines, engineering identity and organisational form and function. These aspects are compared with the aspects associated with the two other institutions involved in the merger. The self-representation of the technical university depends on whether it is compared with the research-oriented comprehensive university or with the practically oriented university of applied sciences. Although there are shared aspects of organisational identity, the identity of the technical university seems unique, and neither of the other institutions have a similar identity or offer the possibility of shared identity formation.

Keywords: administration of higher education; higher education policy; universities of technology; universities; universities of applied sciences; unification; mergers

Free keywords: Tampere University

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Ministry reporting: Yes

Reporting Year: 2020

JUFO rating: 1

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