Jonas Krog Lind defends his PhD thesis at the Department of Political Science

Jonas Krog LindCandidate

Jonas Krog Lind


"The Challenged Hierarchy. How internal responses to reforms have affected the hierarchy in Danish Universities".
The thesis is available as an e-book via Academic books.

Time and venue

Wednesday 6 November, 2019 at 14:00 at the University of Copenhagen, Centre for Health and Society, Department of Political Science, Øster Farimagsgade 5, DK-1353 Copenhagen K., room 4.2.26. Kindly note that the defence will start precisely at 14:00.

Assessment committee

  • Professor Peter Dahler-Larsen, Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen (chair)
  • Professor Sarah de Rijcke, Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS) Leiden University, the Netherlands
  • Professor emeritus Ivar Bleiklie, Department of Administration and Organization Theory, University of Bergen, Norway


This PhD thesis is about how internal responses to a range of reforms have affected the hierarchy in Danish universities. Drawing on case studies in two Danish universities – where interviews, register data and a survey represent the main empirical material – I analyse how actors through institutional work (T. B. Lawrence & Suddaby 2006) and organisational translation (Kjell Arne Røvik 2007) have reacted to management, research funding and research evaluation reforms. Under the headline of the challenged hierarchy, I emphasize that the hierarchy in universities has been challenged, but that managers have taken up the challenge and have been partly successful in their efforts. By doing so, the dissertation both generally confirms, but also suggest some modifications to, the thesis put forward by Ivar Bleiklie and colleagues that universities should be characterised as penetrated hierarchies (Bleiklie et al. 2015, 2017).