An examination of global university rankings as a new mechanism influencing mission differentiation: the UK context

O'Connell, Catherine (2015) An examination of global university rankings as a new mechanism influencing mission differentiation: the UK context. Tertiary Education and Management, 21 (2). pp. 111-126. ISSN 1358-3883

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Abstract

Since their emergence a decade ago, global university rankings have become a powerful force in higher education internationally. The majority of research studies on global rankings have examined the effects at institutional and national levels. This study offers a valuable perspective on the ways rankings (and other international benchmarks) are deployed at the intra-sector level, by UK higher education ‘mission groups’, to support different policy positions. The concept of object in activity theory is used to problematize the analysis. Critical discourse analysis is used as a methodological orientation to study the ways global rankings mediate the object in this context. The findings contribute to the current debate on whether rankings are promoting isomorphism in higher education sectors nationally, illustrating a differentiated engagement with rankings in the UK context. The relevance of the findings for policy-makers and institutional managers is discussed.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information and Comments: "This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in [Tertiary Education and Management] on [25 March 2015], available online: http://wwww.tandfonline.com/[ 10.1080/13583883.2015.1017832]."
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Education > Education Studies
Depositing User: Susan Murray
Date Deposited: 06 Nov 2015 16:00
Last Modified: 25 Sep 2016 00:15
URI: http://hira.hope.ac.uk/id/eprint/514

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