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Performance contracts of Universities of Applied Sciences. A comparative analysis of the UAS Münster and UAS Saxion in Enschede.

Pfeufer, Josefin (2017) Performance contracts of Universities of Applied Sciences. A comparative analysis of the UAS Münster and UAS Saxion in Enschede.

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Abstract:In the scope of this thesis, we will compare performance contracts in the higher education sector. Two agreements are studied, one from the UAS Münster in North-Rhine Westphalia, Germany and the other from the Dutch UAS Saxion in Enschede, Deventer and Appeldoorn in order to answer the following research question: What governance paradigms ranging from 'Traditional Public Administration', 'New Public Management', and 'Public Value Management' are represented in the performance agreements for the Dutch UAS Saxion and the German UAS Münster? A cluster of criteria deriving from the theoretical framework for each of the three public administration approaches is identified and operationalised in order to apply the two cases. Further, interviews with students and academic staff members from each of the institutions as important stakeholders are conducted. This aims at gathering information about the agreements on three different stages: their design, execution and conclusion. Useful insights for the field of higher education as well as the concept of performance contracts are produced. We study the agreements in order to detect which roles the different stakeholders play in the various phases. The involvement of stakeholders, in particular students, is one indicator we focus on in order to determine which of the three approaches is predominantly represented in the investigated agreements. Even though, only two cases are analysed, the developed method and insights may be used as a pilot method for similar future analysis of performance contracts in other cases.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:88 social and public administration
Programme:Management Society and Technology BSc (56654)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/73119
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