Transnational education: oversexed, oversold and over there?

Healey, N.M. ORCID: 0000-0001-6553-4095, 2018. Transnational education: oversexed, oversold and over there? PhD, Nottingham Trent University.

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The thesis is organised into four themes. Theme I (three papers) is a critical assessment of the transnational education (TNE) sector, challenging the general consensus in the literature that the internationalisation of higher education is inevitable and inexorable and driven primarily by commercial considerations. It analyses the underlying drivers of the demand for, and supply of, TNE and investigates the motivations of universities engaging in TNE and the true significance and scale of the activity.

Theme II (three papers) explores different ways of conceptualising TNE, as its organisational form evolves and morphs over time and, for the first time, highlights the important role played by the various stakeholders in a TNE partnership.

Theme III (four papers) moves on to investigate the operational challenges of managing a TNE partnership which has to satisfy a range of stakeholders, identifying the stakeholders involved, their varying preferences to the localisation of the TNE provision and the way that these preferences are balanced by managers.

Theme IV (one paper) sets out the qualitative research methodology used for most of the empirical papers in this thesis. It argues that an insider researcher approach offers new insights into the motivations for, and limitations and challenges of, TNE.

Overall, the thesis concludes that TNE is, in economic terms, far less important than popularly believed and that there is evidence that the sector is neither scalable nor is its growth sustainable. It uses an insider research methodology to shed new light on an area of activity which is under-researched due to its offshore nature and the commercial secrecy that shrouds these operations.

This thesis comprises 11 papers (90,054 words including references). Of these, four are in 1st Quartile Scopus-indexed journals and four are in 2nd Quartile journals. 5 Collectively, the 11 papers, published between 2008 and 2018 (10 of them since 2013) have already been cited 366 times (Google Scholar1), as at 31 July 2018.

Item Type: Thesis
Creators: Healey, N.M.
Date: December 2018
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Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 03 May 2019 07:46
Last Modified: 03 May 2019 07:46

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