1 Department of Anthropology, Faculty of Social Sciences, Københavns Universitet2 Department of Anthropology, Faculty of Social Sciences, Københavns Universitet
The article discusses the approach to the management of change used at the University of Copenhagen in an attempt to introduce a common market of education. I argue that the failure of implementation represents a classic exampleof misguided planned change management. Based on strategy papers, memorandums and detailed observations of meetings, I analyse the reception given by study boards and their heads to a specific social technology, a year and time table structure. I offer an explanation of their reactions which draws on an anthropological approach to organizations. I call for an alternative to the current authoritative and instrumental management and argue that university leadership will improve significantly if leaders aim for an experimental democratic process inspired by 'bricolage'.
Learning and Teaching in the Social Sciences, 2012, Vol 5, Issue 2, p. 5-26