The Aalborg Model and management by objectives and resources: Preliminary theoretical frame

Palle Qvist, Claus Monrad Spliid

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The Aalborg Model has proven to be a successful learning method on at least 3 accounts: high completion rates2, the providing of graduates that are highly valued in the labour market3 and its suitability for young people from homes without an academic background4.
But the reason why the Aalborg Model is successful has never been subject to a scientific study.
An educational program in an HEI (Higher Education Institution) can be seen and
understood as a system managed by objectives (MBO)5 within a given resource frame and based on an “agreement” between the student and the study board. The student must achieve the objectives decided by the study board and that achievement is then documented with an exam. The study board supports the student with resources which helps them to fulfill the objectives. When the resources are divided into human, material and methodological resources it is observed that the allocation of resources to the students in the Aalborg Model
differs to the allocation in a more conventional model often used in HEIs. Students in the Aalborg Model are supported with resources which makes a difference.
This article focuses on the introduction of project management for study groups,
democratic collaboration and collaboration facilities as part of the theoretical answer to the question of why the model has been successful.
Translated title of the contributionAalborg Modellen og mål og ressourcestyring: Foreløbig teoretisk ramme
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2010
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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