When merging is clearly the best way forward : the (re)birth of the University of Strasbourg
The article analyzes the merging of three Strasbourg universities, focusing in particular on the actors who carried it out and the arguments used to justify it. The merge and the movement it gave rise to in the French higher education system
overall amount to an institutional change aimed at making French universities conform to organizational standards that are presented as international ones. The point is to understand the concrete processes that gave rise to this change and the role of the institutional entrepreneurs who desired and realized it. The article therefore contributes to institutional change studies and works to renew neoinstitutional analysis of organizations, namely by reintroducing the notions of agency, interest and power relationships.
Keywords. MERGING – HIGHER EDUCATION – UNIVERSITY – ENTREPRENEURS – NEO-INSTITUTIONAL – MYTHS OF RATIONALIZATION