The advancement of scientific knowledge is the primary responsibility of approximately 300,000 academic departments housed in more than 20,000 universities worldwide, yet little is known about the factors that determine the productivity of those departments. chairs – or ‘Heads of Department’ – play a central role in the academic departments that make up universities.
Do we need highly cited departmental chairs?
Amanda Goodall, John McDowell, Larry Singell, 31 January 2014
Herding cats? Management and university performance
John McCormack, Carol Propper, Sarah Smith, 7 November 2013
The common view holds that managing academics is like herding cats – difficult and ultimately pointless. But this view of management contrasts with growing evidence that good management practices are like a good technology – they increase productivity (Bloom and Van Reenen 2010).
It’s not what you know, but who you know: The role of connections in academic promotions
Manuel F. Bagues, Natalia Zinovyeva, 16 September 2012
European countries are increasingly concerned with the efficiency of their universities. An issue that has been discussed repeatedly is the lack of meritocracy in recruiting and hiring processes (Perotti 2002, Combes et al. 2008, Durante et al. 2011).
The gender of American academic leaders matters
Ronald G. Ehrenberg, 25 January 2010
Over the last 30 years, the percentage of women receiving PhDs from American universities has increased from around 25% to 45%.
Why it matters who leads research universities
Amanda Goodall, 2 January 2010
It is well known that the top European research universities underperform compared to their American counterparts. The evidence is summarised with policy recommendations by van der Ploeg and Veugelers (2008a,b).
Is Europe lagging behind the US in university technology licensing?
Annamaria Conti , Patrick Gaulé, 30 July 2009
In an increasingly knowledge-based economy, it is widely believed that the quality of university-industry linkages is important for growth.
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