Between Collaboration and Merger: Expanding Alliance Strategies in Higher Education
As the higher education landscape grows increasingly complex, uncertain and dynamic, a more nuanced and creative approach to strategic alliances is needed.
Drawing on the strategic alliance literature, this report considers the range of alliance arrangements, motivations, benefits and success factors for higher education institutions. The authors identify a “sweet spot” for strategic system alliances and joint ventures that can provide essential economies of scope and scale, and enable core business model changes — both academic and administrative.
The authors apply lessons learned from partnerships outside higher education and present a practitioner’s point of view on ways to enhance institutional competitiveness and financial sustainability. Together, they offer rigorous analysis and specific criteria for designing alliances.
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