Gallic Villages in the Bologna Area Reasons and Strategies for Resisting the Bologna Reform in Selected Fields of Study

Heinke Roebken, Marcel Schuetz

Abstract


Since the implementation of the Bologna model in 1999, the vast majority of German higher education institutions has introduced the two-tier system leading to the bachelor and master degree. Only a very small group of departments explicitly rejected reforming their study programs according to the new Bologna system and decided to maintain the old diploma and magister programs. Based on neo-institutional theory, this paper seeks to investigate the departments resisting the reform in more detail. The purpose of this study is to explore the backgrounds, motivations and strategies in resisting a powerful “rationalized myth” in the European higher education area. Using a qualitative research design, this study draws on six case examples with departments that have avoided adopting the new study degrees. The results suggest that a variety of stakeholders as well as micro-political factors within the university department influence the decision to resist the Bologna Reform.

 


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Neo-institutional theory, Bologna Reform, resistance to institutionalization, organizational change

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