From Collegiality to Managerialism in Lithuanian Higher Education
Rimantas Želvys
Vilnius University, Lithuania
Liudvika Leišytė
Dortmund University, Germany
Sude Pekşen
Dortmund University, Germany
Rūta Bružienė
Vilnius University, Lithuania
Anna-Lena Rose
Dortmund University, Germany
Published 2021-09-08


managerial university
higher education policy
higher education governance
New Public Management

How to Cite

Želvys R., Leišytė L., Pekşen S., Bružienė R. and Rose A.-L. (2021) “From Collegiality to Managerialism in Lithuanian Higher Education”, Acta Paedagogica Vilnensia, 46, pp. 27-42. doi: 10.15388/ActPaed.2021.46.2.


In this paper we focus on the development and academics’ perceptions of managerialism in Lithuanian higher education (HE). We systematically investigate historical changes in HE governance and policies in Lithuania and conduct an analysis of data collected through the APIKS Lithuania project survey of academics at Lithuanian public universities (N=389). We find that Lithuanian HE policies shifted to a rather market-oriented paradigm. The survey results reveal that the majority of respondents perceive their university as highly managerial, which points out to high managerialism in practice in line with the policies. Based on our key findings, we discuss theoretical and practical implications.

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