Reframing Leadership in Chinese Merged Higher Education Institution

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Pinni A building, Paavo Koli auditorium, address: Kanslerinrinne 1.


Doctoral defence of M.Phil. Dong Li

Reframing Leadership in Chinese Merged Higher Education Institution

The field of science of the dissertation is Administrative Science.

The opponent is professor Jouni Kekäle (University of Eastern Finland). Professor emeritus Seppo Hölttä acts as the custos.

The language of the dissertation defence is English.

Changing the leadership mode in a Chinese university merger

In the 1990s, there was a merger reform in higher education institutions in China. There were more than 430 new merged universities and more than 1400 higher education institutions were involved. This work provided a case study from the leadership perspective; it explored the impact of the merger on the leadership, as well as the impact of the leadership styles on the integration of the merger. An amount of valuable first-hand data concerning the internal affairs of this merged university was presented in this study. Meanwhile, through an analysis of this university’s context, the study provides a discussion on if the institutional leaders had reframed their leadership, they could have dealt with the challenges much better during the merger, as well as improved their leadership effectiveness.


The dissertation is published in the publication series of Acta Universitatis Tamperensis; 2405, Tampere University Press, Tampere 2018. The dissertation is also published in the e-series Acta Electronica Universitatis Tamperensis; 1915, Tampere University Press 2018.

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