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Title: Culture in a multi campus university : a study of cultures across the university and how they relate to the functioning of the university
Author: Akbarali, Laila
ISNI:       0000 0004 2735 5901
Awarding Body: Institute of Education, University of London
Current Institution: University College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2011
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To further the understanding of the relationship between organization culture and effectiveness in Higher Education Institutions, in this study I have explored this relationship in a Multi Campus University. In this study I have looked at factors which may be serving as facilitators and barriers different campuses one university. Various strands of literature related to business, higher education, school improvement and school culture was consulted for this study. Since organization culture has been taken as a function of effectiveness in this study, the objective was to explore the influence of different attributes in the organization on its culture and vice versa. The principal method for gathering data for this exploratory study is the Cameron and Quinn [2006] Competing Values Framework. Interviews have also been conducted to supplement the data. Based on purposive sampling, four campuses of a Multi Campus University have been used in this case study. In this study, this notion that there is an implicit relationship between culture and behaviour is clearly seen. Culture was seen to be effected by communication, cooperation, decision making, implementation and commitment. These features had an impact on behaviour. Commitment was seen to be a function of shared vision. Shared vision was seen to be an independent variable. The role of this shared vision in the unison of the Multi Campus University was seen in the data. The role of leadership in translating and nurturing the vision was considered an important factor. In this study, clan cultures are seen to have a high level of commitment, particularly when the subgroups belong to the same faith as the founder or when the campus is small and where faculty are graduates of the same Institution.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ed.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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