Volume 5, 2017: Issue 2

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Mapping strategic groups in higher education: Evidence on the Polish technical faculties


Michał Pietrzak, Warsaw University of Life Sciences, Poland

Piotr Pietrzak, Warsaw University of Life Sciences, Poland


According to the New Public Management (NPM) concept, public agencies (in such number universities) have to strive for the efficiency analogous to the private counterparts by among others private sector styles of management practice (‘proven’ tools). One of the groups of the ‘proven’ and widely used tools are those connected with the strategic management. Could strategic management tools be helpful for management of public universities? The aims of this paper are twofold: to discuss the potential and usefulness of strategic groups map in the higher education and to test empirically differences of efficiency between mapped groups. This article presents map of strategic groups of faculties of engineering and technology sciences affiliated at public universities in Poland. The investigation was based on the convenient sample of 48 faculties, thus the study should be treated as pilot researches. Following Ward’s method four strategic groups of faculties were delineated, namely: “Scientific Entrepreneur”, “Authors”, “Middlers” & ”Teachers”. Each of these groups is characterized in this article. Then the differences in performance according to the groups’ membership were tested. Based on the chi-square (X2) statistics we find differences in efficiency between strategic groups.


Strategic groups, higher education, efficiency, performance measurement




Research paper


The Online Journal of Applied Knowledge Management (OJAKM), ISSN: 2325-4688


International Institute for Applied Knowledge Management (IIAKM)


20 May 2017