Toward outcome-based approaches in higher education in two nordic countries

Giuseppe Grossi, Eva Lövstål, Sara Giovanna Mauro, Lotta-Maria Sinervo

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In recent decades, modernization efforts by public sector organizations have been driven by neoliberalism principles, while simultaneously focusing on performance measurement and management systems (PMMS). These systems are expected to promote a stronger emphasis on effectiveness, quality, and outcomes. Based on a documentary analysis, this chapter investigates how PMMS within higher education in Finland and Sweden have defined, measured, and managed outcomes and effectiveness. The findings shed light on converging and diverging trends and the potentialities and challenges of outcome-based approaches and provide scholars and practitioners with insights into the current development and key features of such systems.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPublic sector reform and performance management in developed economies
Subtitle of host publicationOutcomes-Based Approaches in Practice
EditorsZahirul Hoque
Place of PublicationKristianstad
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)9781003004080
ISBN (Print)9780367435165
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Swedish Standard Keywords

  • Business Administration (50202)
  • Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics (20307)
  • Educational Sciences (503)


  • challenges
  • documentary analysis
  • effectiveness
  • finland
  • higher education
  • outcome-based approaches
  • performance measurement and management systems
  • pmms
  • potentialities
  • sweden
  • trends


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