Does seeking legitimacy through collaboration influence quality assurance practices? A case study of a private sector collaboration in the UK higher education sector

Pitcher, G.S. ORCID: 0000-0002-0804-7909, 2014. Does seeking legitimacy through collaboration influence quality assurance practices? A case study of a private sector collaboration in the UK higher education sector. Journal of Finance and Management in Public Services, 14 (1).

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Abstract

The past two decades have seen an increase in the incidence of private sector providers entering the higher education sector in the UK, which has raised concerns over the quality of provision and whether the quality assurance regime is rigorous enough to ensure the quality of private provision. Collaboration between universities and private providers is one of the ways in which private for-profit organisations contribute to higher education provision
in the UK. For a private sector organisation to operate
successfully in the sector it needs to gain legitimacy. This paper, therefore investigates the case of a private for
-profit organisation that has a collaboration with three UK universities. The lens of institutional theory and legitimacy has been utilised to explain the influence that the collaboration had on the shaping of the quality assurance practices in the private provider.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Journal of Finance and Management in Public Services
Creators: Pitcher, G.S.
Date: 2014
Volume: 14
Number: 1
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 10:58
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 13:46
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/20918

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