Governance and organisational structure

Ever since the new public management debates of the 1990ies European universities have been challenged to strike a balance between improving steering capacity and maintaining wide participation in their decision-making and organisational structures. As expert organisations and student learning environments, universities are deeply embedded in cultures of partnerships for research and learning and flat hierarchies supporting exchange between diverse expertise. At the same time, the growing importance of international and stakeholder cooperation, of open universities engaging with a wide array of social and industry partners, of diversifying funding streams demanding swift and efficient communication and prioritised attention to the areas with the greatest potential, call for increased steering capacity and strategic decision-making. All across Europe, governance reforms have been a key concern of national policy makers and higher education institutions, leading to national reforms of HE laws and organisational reforms at universities

Reichert Consulting supports governance reforms and organisational development in institutional mandates and system reviews, evaluating existing structures and supporting institutional design of improved decision-making or organisational structures.

Past mandates addressing governance :

  • EUA
  • ETH Zurich
  • Konstanz University
  • Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Slovak Republic Ministry of Science
  • Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft
  • Stuttgart University
  • Trinity College Dublin