Adaptation and Context
Edited by Anders Örtenblad
Chapter 14: Neutralizing managerial panaceas: how universities cope with management fads
AbstractManagement ideas often find their way into public organizations. While there is a growing body of research on how such ideas shape and impact the development of larger organizational fields, less attention is being given to how public organizations resist external ideas and practices. In this chapter we focus upon a particular type of public organization, that is, public research universities, and we identify – based on existing research in the field – various strategies whereby universities neutralize management panaceas. In the discussion, it is argued that knowledge about resistance, and not just implementation of management ideas, will create a deeper understanding of the conditions shaping the destiny of management ideas in general.
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