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Institutional logics analysis in higher education research

18 January 2022, 2:00 pm–3:00 pm

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In this webinar, Yuzhuo Cai and Nicola Mountford will look at the approaches and challenges of institutional logistics in higher education studies.

This event is free.

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Centre for Global Higher Education (CGHE)

Institutional logics were originally introduced by Alford and Friedland to describe how contradictory practices and beliefs inherent in modern Western societies shape individuals’ actions in the political arena.

While institutional logics theory has increasingly been applied in higher education research, agreement is lacking on how to approach institutional logics analysis. This results in proliferating institutional logics in higher education studies and often confuses newcomers to the field as to how to use institutional logics in their empirical research.

In their talk, Yuzhuo Cai and Nicola Mountford will respond to this situation based on their recent study. Specifically, they will go about the following questions:

  • What approaches to institutional logics analysis are used in higher education studies?
  • What institutional logics are identified/applied in higher education studies?
  • What challenges are evident in applying institutional logics in higher education studies?
  • How does the use of institutional logics in higher education research contribute to institutional logics theory?

This event will be particularly useful for those interested in higher education.

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About the Speakers

Yuzhuo Cai

at Faculty of Management and Business, Tampere University, Tampere, Finland

Nicola Mountford

at School of Business, Maynooth University, Maynooth, Ireland