Multi-level and multi-faceted institutional dynamics: neoliberal reforms in Korean universities, 2008–2013

Dongyoub Shin, Daehun Chung

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Abstract

This paper examines Korean universities’ responses to coercive pressures from the government towards neoliberal reforms. Unlike the general perception that coercive pressures from the government have a sweeping effect for all the organizations of the field, this paper shows variations among organizations in the adoption of a new practice promoted by the government. To explain this unexpected variation, we propose a theoretical framework of multi-level and multi-faceted institutional dynamics. Our empirical analysis shows that Korean universities’ adoption of admission officer system as a representative neoliberal global-standard practice varies depending on societal-level normative neoliberal discourses, field-level mimetic isomorphism among adjacent universities, and organization-level functional necessity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)478-502
Number of pages25
JournalAsia Pacific Business Review
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Business and International Management

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