, Volume 45, Issue 3, pp 259–274 | Cite as

That obscure object of desire: the management of academic knowledge

  • Celio A. A. Sousa
  • Paul H. J. Hendriks
Open Access


For academic administrators, the management of research remains a matter more of hope than expectation. It has proved particularly difficult to measure quality. Managers typically view research as an ‹asset’. This essay argues that it is more useful to view research and its management as ‹process’, and explores the implications of doing so for managers and researchers alike.


Knowledge Production Research Manager Research Quality Successful Institute Business Administration 
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The authors gratefully acknowledge the many respondents who spent several hours exploring the peculiarities of research management. They would also like to thank the Editor of Minerva and three anonymous referees for their constructive comments.

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© Springer Science + Business Media B.V. 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Nijmegen School of ManagementRadboud University NijmegenNijmegenThe Netherlands

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