Faculty Administration

Target audience

The planning group’s primary audience consists of administrative managers and deputy managers at the faculty level.

Focus areas

The group’s main interest area is changes in the sector; changes in academic and administrative organisation, consolidation and structural changes, and changes in Nordic higher education management. Increasing national and international competition demands effective and professional administration.

Activity goals for 2017‒2018

In November 2016, the group organised a workshop with the theme of doing more with less. The impetus for the workshop was a reduction in state contributions to higher education and the main focus was economic and organisational measures to address budget cuts. In the coming period, the group wishes to emphasise experience with and evaluation of reorganisation and change processes with a special focus on the HR-perspective. This idea has been proposed to the leader of the Human Resources group and will be followed up in Spring 2017. The group hopes to organise a workshop or seminar together with the HR group in 2018 or to make one or more contributions based on this concept at the NUAS Congress in Oslo in 2019.

Other topics that the group has discussed for this period are:

Which administrative competencies are required to meet future challenges and compete internationally? This could also be a part of a collaborative project with the Human Resources group.

Which communications challenges lead to larger change processes? This could be a possible collaboration with the Communication group as well a potential aspect of the administrative competencies topic.

How to measure success. How do we know that we have reached our goals? Experiences with proper evaluation of goal attainment. Possible collaboration with Economy group.

What is a good working environment for research and teaching? How does the physical work environment contribute to success in our sector? How do you balance the cost per square meter with the sometimes intangible value of research and education? Possible project with the Facilities and Environment group.

“Culture eats strategy for breakfast” (Peter Drucker). What is organisational culture? Are there multiple cultures within the same organisation? What are they and how do cultures affect the ability to cooperate internally and in the implementation of the adopted strategies to reach institutional goals? Is the principle challenge the culture or the strategy? Based on examples and experiences from NUAS member institutions.