A clash of quality cultures

Oliver Vettori
<span title="">2012</span> <span class="release-stage">unpublished</span>
This study's research questions are firmly rooted in the hermeneutic tradition, aiming for a better understanding of the dynamics within a particular issue field – quality assurance in Austrian higher education – through a conceptual and empirical construction of the field and by reconstructing the discourse it is set upon. In this regard, the study aims to contribute to the ongoing debate on the nature of 'quality' and 'quality assurance' in higher education, taking the respective analysis to
more &raquo; ... level of latencies that has hardly found attention in previous research. By taking a reconstructive-interpretative approach, the in-depth analysis shifts the focus from formal and explicit definitions to processes of sense-making and meaning-construction, thus intending to shed light on the mostly implicit underlying assumptions that shape actions, interactions and communications in the field. On a more abstract level, this work can be seen as a contribution to gain a more thorough understanding of the interplay of manifest and latent meaning levels in organisational fields and how such fields relate to similar entities and contextual factors in their relevant environments.
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