Identifying the influence of university governance on campus management: lessons from the Netherlands and Poland

Małgorzata Rymarzak*, Alexandra den Heijer, Flavia Curvelo Magdaniel, Monique Arkesteijn

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The purpose of this article is to describe the effects of university governance on campus management based on the examples of the Netherlands and Poland. The study connected theory on campus management with a concept of five dimensions of university governance (autonomy, management, participation, accountability and transparency) into an innovative and coherent analytical framework. Based on a qualitative approach, legal regulations and all public universities’ campus goals in both countries were analysed. The results indicate that university governance and each of its five dimensions stir consequences on campus management. This suggests that any university governance reforms should take real estate and facilities into account. Disregarding them can lead to universities’ suboptimal decisions and consequently affect (directly or indirectly) their sustainable development, productivity, profitability and competitive advantage. An understanding of the presented conception is crucial for the construction of viable higher education policy and improvement of universities performance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1298-1311
Number of pages14
JournalStudies in Higher Education
Volume45 (2020)
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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  • accountability and transparency
  • autonomy
  • campus management
  • participation
  • University governance


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