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Institutional Transfers in the Russian System of Higher Education: A Case Study


  • Anton Oleinik


The institutional environment of science differs across countries. Its particularities have an impact on productivity of scientific enterprise in terms of both research and teaching. Reform of the system of higher education occupies an important place in programs of catch-up modernization. Attempts to replicate Western institutional arrangements and organizational designs in this area have been undertaken in Russia since the very beginning of economic and political reforms of the 1990s. This paper considers a particular transplant, the Higher School of Economics (HSE) established in 1992, and its subsequent evolution. A structural analysis shows its divergence from the organizational patterns that served as a model. The HSE case is compared with several "representative" Western universities as well as other Russian universities. When explaining divergent patterns between the HSE and the Western counterparts, special attention is paid to the issue of power relationships and their role in the functioning of the scientific organization. The paper aims to contribute to the discussion of "cultural entrepreneurs" and their motivation.

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  • Anton Oleinik, 2012. "Institutional Transfers in the Russian System of Higher Education: A Case Study," Journal of Economic Issues, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 46(4), pages 881-908.
  • Handle: RePEc:mes:jeciss:v:46:y:2012:i:4:p:881-908
    DOI: 10.2753/JEI0021-3624460403

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