INTERNATIONAL INTER-ORGANISATIONAL ARRANGEMENTS IN HIGHER EDUCATION: TOWARDS A TYPOLOGY


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Abstract

This article attempts to provide clarity in the maze of international inter-organisational arrangements in higher education. Developments that fuel the establishment of such linkages are identified. First, the changes in the production of knowledge, changes in resource dependencies and increased opportunities for interaction through new technologies, demand interaction with other universities and organisations, in activities that previously took place within the organisational boundaries of the university. In addition, universities increasingly cross national borders. Students, scholars and employers demand and value the experience gained through international experiences. Liberalisation of trade markets and new modes of delivery expand opportunities for transnational education and the need for inter-organisational interaction. On the basis of several classifications of cooperation in higher education and using concepts from organisational and management studies, we develop a multidimensional typology of international inter-organisational cooperation. Critical dimensions identified in this typology are size, scope, nature of integration and intensity.

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