Challenges and barriers in adopting international accreditation standards with a focus on ACBSP: a case study of six universities in Mongolia.

  • Katalin Kovacs

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Business (DBA)


Accreditation bodies in higher education have played a central role in quality assurance for decades. While the system is well developed in some countries, in others, it is only penetrating the market. This research looks at Mongolian higher education institutions and discusses the challenges and barriers around adopting international accreditation standards.

The study adopted a qualitative study using in-depth case analysis of six universities in Mongolia and used multiple sources of evidence, including data collection and interviews.

The theoretical framework used in the research reports centres around the accreditation framework used by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), specifically Standard 4 of student learning assessment. The emerging themes were grouped against Kurt Lewin’s Force Field analysis, allowing for drivers and barriers to emerge.
Date of Award11 Oct 2021
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • University of Bath
SupervisorIan Jamieson (Supervisor) & Jack Lee (Supervisor)

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