- University of Tampere
- Department of Management Studies
|Seppo Hölttä is Professor
of Higher Education Administration and Finance at
the Department of Management Studies of the University
of Tampere in Finland. Professor Hölttä
has his disciplinary basis in Economics.
In 1985, Professor Hölttä was a Fulbirght
Scholar working with Professor Howard Bowen at
the Claremont Graduate School, and in 1986-88,
he was a visiting researcher in the research group
of Professor Burton R. Clark at the Graduate School
of Education of the University of California Los
In addition to research on higher education administration
and finance, Professor Hölttä has extensive
practical experiences on institutional management
at three Finnish universities. As a researcher
he has combined these practical experiences with
the theoretical understanding of institutional
transformation in higher education.
Since 2002 professor Hölttä has been
in charge of Higher Education Group (HEG) and
its research and educational activities on higher
education administration at the University of
Tampere, which is part of the FINHERT network
(Finnish Network for Higher Education Research
and Training). HEG is the member of the main European
higher education research network of HEDDA (Higher
Education Development Association). Professor
Hölttä has also extensive experiences
from the development of the national systems and
from institutional development in various African
and Eastern European countries as researcher and
- Seppo Hölttä and Kirsi Karjalainen,
Cybernetic Institutional Management Theory and
Practice. Tertiary Education and Management,
Vol 3, no 3, September 1997.
- Seppo Hölttä and Pertti Malkki.
Response of Finnish higher education institutions
to the national information society programme.
Higher Education Policy 13, 2000.
- Seppo Hölttä, From Ivory Towers
to Regional networks in higher education governance.
European Journal of Education. Vol. 35, Issue
- Seppo Hölttä and Eila Rekilä,
Ministerial Steering and Institutional Responses:
Recent Developments of the Finnish Higher Education
System. Higher Education Management and Policy.
Vol 15, Issue 1, 2003.
for Institutional Capacity Building in Universities
My research question is, how and what kinds of
capacities universities have developed to be more
responsive to social change in societies, where
social progress and economic growth are increasingly
based on knowledge.
In particular, I aim to examine institutional
capacity composed of (a) organisational structures
and institutional infrastructure, (b) educational
programmes and their contents, (c) training of
academic and administrative staff, i.e. human
capacity (d) management and leadership processes
and strategies, i.e. implementation capacity,
by which the universities have responded to the
emergence of markets and globalisation in knowledge-based-society.
The main result will be the identification of
different trends in societies at different levels
of social and economic development and the increased
understanding of institutional dynamics for transformation.
The theoretical framework of the study is based
on the system approach, in particular, on the
concept of a self-regulating system. However,
the emphasis will be in an empirical study and
in the applications of the results of the studies
on institutional development in Finland and other
countries. The empirical data will mainly be based
on my previous and ongoing research on higher
education institutions and higher education policy
I have gathered in different professional roles.