Title: Revealing factors affecting strategy implementation in HEIs - a case study in a Brazilian university

Authors: Daniel Pacheco Lacerda; Heitor Mansur Caulliraux; Thaís Spiegel

Addresses: Post-Graduate Program in Production Engineering and Systems – PPGEPS/UNISINOS, Research Group on Modelling for Learning – GMAP ' UNISINOS, Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos – UNISINOS, Av. Unisinos, 950, São Leopoldo, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil ' Industrial Engineering Department and Production Engineering Program, Rio de Janeiro Federal University, P.O. Box 68.507, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil ' Production Engineering Program, Rio de Janeiro Federal University, P.O. Box 68.507, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Abstract: Studies of the problems of implementation report that a major portion of strategies are not implemented. While strategy implementation is itself a subject worthy of study, the implementation context poses specific challenges like higher education institutions (HEIs). The HEI context is one of heightened competition. Accordingly, this study investigates what factors influence the transformation of whatever strategic intentions exist into whatever strategic actions are taken. A case study was conducted at an HEI in southern Brazil. The study presents elements relating to factors that may influence processes leading to the implementation of strategic intentions. The study sought to contribute by providing a model that explicitates possible relationships among factors that impact implementation.

Keywords: higher education institutions; HEIs; strategy implementation; case study; Brazil; universities; strategic management.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMIE.2014.058751

International Journal of Management in Education, 2014 Vol.8 No.1, pp.54 - 77

Available online: 18 Jan 2014

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