Combining Large Public Sector Institutions: The Case of Health Sciences Higher Education in New Jersey
35 Pages Posted: 25 Apr 2019
Date Written: March 26, 2019
Mergers between universities, academic health care organizations, or other large, public institutions often fail to meet expectations. Nevertheless, the state government of New Jersey decided in 2012 to combine most of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey with Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. This integration of two complex organizations, each with a budget of over $2 billion, illustrates administrative challenges of strategy and process. Based on extensive participant interviews, we describe how the scope and purpose of the combination evolved through the political process and which factors accelerated or decelerated progress toward organizational integration.
Keywords: mergers; higher education; post-merger integration; case studies
JEL Classification: M1
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