Strategizing Digital Infrastructures Higher Education


  • Egil Øvrelid University of Oslo
  • Per Grøttum University of Oslo
  • Hilde Westbye University of Oslo


Higher education is a key pillar in constructing new knowledge economies for the 21st century, and digital-ization of higher education is a central focus area for national authorities. In Norway, the strategy from the authorities holds the premise that the decision-making authority for digitalization should be at a strategic level. Digitalization is driven by key features of modern technology but do also lead to transformation of traditional educational methods as well as educational practices. Since the university contains several different disciplines, different strategies can be used through the digitalization of the discipline. In what ways do different disciplines proceed to digitalize their educational practices? Based on these interests, our research questions are, what are the challenges IT addresses in digitalization of higher education, and what strategies are pursued to solve these challenges?
Our empirical evidence is two cases from respectively medicine and law, and our contribution is an inves-tigation into the strategies pursued in the digitalization approaches, and the contextual differences that may explain the chosen strategies. We provide two process models to explain these differences, and con-sequently a way of understanding strategies within digital infrastructures in higher education.