Vilka faktorer påverkar konkurrensförhållandet mellan en kommunal och en fristående gymnasieskola
: en jämförelse av gymnasieskolornas ekonomistyrning och verksamhetsstyrning

  • Charlotte Löfdahl
  • Lina Olsson

    Student thesis: Bachelor


    When the independent upper secondary schools were started in 1992, it meant a change in the competitive relationship for the local upper secondary schools. A reduced number of students during some years ahead, while the number of independent upper secondary schools increase will probably result in tougher competition between upper secondary schools.

    The purpose of this study is to review and compare financial and performance management between a public and an independent upper secondary school. The dissertation will focus on the now existing competitive relationship between the two types of upper secondary schools.

    The theory underlying the study is Porter's model - five competitive forces. The model is applied to the local upper secondary school and used to identify competitive factors affecting upper secondary schools. The study is using a qualitative approach with five interviews at two upper secondary schools, one independent and one public, located in the same town.

    The comparison of financial and operational management of upper secondary schools indicate that the differences are not as great as we first imagined, but that there still are some differences. Our results show that Porter's model is not adequate to describe the competitive factors affecting upper secondary schools. The results of the factors that in addition to Porter's original model affects the competitive relationship is presented in a separate model and includes factors such as public upper secondary schools, free search, advertising / bait, programming, re-election, reputation, internal competition, independent upper secondary schools, location, teacher quality, peer pressure, number of pupils and students. It is therefore concluded that Porter's model is not comprehensive enough to be able to describe and analyze the two cases included in this study.


    Keywords: performance management, private school, public school, finance, competition

    Date of Award2011-Sep-05
    Original languageSwedish
    SupervisorPernilla Broberg (Supervisor) & Bengt Igelström (Examiner)

    Educational program

    • Degree of Bachelor of Science in Business and Economics

    University credits

    • 15 HE credits

    Swedish Standard Keywords

    • Economics and Business (502)


    • performance management
    • private school
    • public school
    • finance
    • competition

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