PurposeThe purpose of this paper is to study the evaluation and control processes in the governance systems of higher education institutions (HEIs).Design/methodology/approachThis study compares the performance and control processes of strategic management in four HEIs in two European countries with binary systems – Portugal and The Netherlands. Using a case study approach, the authors find that HEIs with different missions and contexts have performance and control systems that are generally indistinguishable.FindingsThe controlling strategies in the public HEIs have taken on isomorphic characteristics based on processes that enhance competition, decentralize functions and solidify performance management.Originality/valueIn this paper, the authors “unpackage” strategic management to focus on the forms of control associated with performance evaluation. Performance evaluation is central to the management process and increasingly assuming an integral part of the institution’s identity and culture.
Quality Assurance in Education – Emerald Publishing
Published: Jul 1, 2019