US university science: The shopping mall model

Paula Stephan, 20 March 2014

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Universities have relied heavily on federal funds for research for many years. Yet, since 2005, federal funds have been flat in real terms, with the exception of funds received through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). More importantly, the hope for a substantial increase in federal funds is dim.

Topics: Education, Productivity and Innovation
Tags: external funding, R&D, Universities

Do we need highly cited departmental chairs?

Amanda Goodall, John McDowell, Larry Singell, 31 January 2014

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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.

Topics: Education
Tags: academia, higher education, Management, Universities

Herding cats? Management and university performance

John McCormack, Carol Propper, Sarah Smith, 7 November 2013

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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).

Topics: Education, Labour markets
Tags: academia, higher education, human resources, Management, Universities

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

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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).

Topics: Education
Tags: promotions, Spain, Universities

The gender of American academic leaders matters

Ronald G. Ehrenberg, 25 January 2010

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Over the last 30 years, the percentage of women receiving PhDs from American universities has increased from around 25% to 45%.

Topics: Education
Tags: gender, leaders, Universities

Why it matters who leads research universities

Amanda Goodall, 2 January 2010

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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).

Topics: Education
Tags: leadership, research, Universities

Is Europe lagging behind the US in university technology licensing?

Annamaria Conti , Patrick Gaulé, 30 July 2009

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In an increasingly knowledge-based economy, it is widely believed that the quality of university-industry linkages is important for growth.

Topics: Education, Productivity and Innovation
Tags: research, technology, Universities

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