Institutional Theory and the Internationalization of Higher Education in South America: the Brazilian Case

Flach, Leonardo; FLACH, L. Institutional Theory and the Internationalization of Higher Education in South America: The Brazilian Case. Journal of International Business and Economy, 11(1), pp. 25-50, 2010.

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Leonardo Flach

Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC)

Lisandra Flach

University of Manheim

Date Written: May 26, 2010

Abstract

The theory of internationalization has mainly focused on the internationalization of firms and their economic effects and has neglected the role of the educational institutions. The Brazilian higher education system is the largest in Latin America (Inep, 2010) and has passed through important structural changes since the beginning of the 1990s. This paper aims to analyze, from the lens of institutional theory, the process of internationalization of higher education in Brazil. We use the lens of institutional theory as a way to understand the elements that permeate the organizational field of universities, institutional managers, regulatory agencies and decision makers at the organizational and national level. Finally, we perform an analysis of some international patterns and standards and propose strategies to the South American higher education institutions.

Keywords: higher education, internationalization, South America, strategies

JEL Classification: I21, I23, I28

Suggested Citation

Flach, Leonardo and Flach, Lisandra, Institutional Theory and the Internationalization of Higher Education in South America: the Brazilian Case (May 26, 2010). Flach, Leonardo; FLACH, L. Institutional Theory and the Internationalization of Higher Education in South America: The Brazilian Case. Journal of International Business and Economy, 11(1), pp. 25-50, 2010., Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3342618

Leonardo Flach (Contact Author)

Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC) ( email )

Campus Reitor João David Ferreira Lima
Bairro Trindade
Florianopolis, Santa Catarina 88040
Brazil

HOME PAGE: http://leonardoflach.paginas.ufsc.br/

Lisandra Flach

University of Manheim

United States

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