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The 2010 university reform and subsequent university-specific management reforms have created new positions and roles for academic leaders. This article provides an internal picture how these leaders perceive the new situation from their point of view. They face uncertainty rooted in their organisations and their external environment.

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This study focuses on grassroots effects of Finnish university reform. Our findings indicate that mid-level leaders play a critical role, but their formal status and authority are not clear-cut when preparing and implementing changes at the grassroots level.


Writing this article was a greate pleasure. It increases my understanding of the internal world of universities. Moreover, this article was written during my post-doctoral study visit to Melbourne University in Australia. New research context gave me a necessary distance to perceive new insights from the transformation of Finnish universities.

Vuokko Kohtamäki
Tampereen yliopisto

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This page is a summary of: Academic leadership and university reform-guided management changes in Finland, Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, December 2018, Taylor & Francis,
DOI: 10.1080/1360080x.2018.1553499.
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