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Performance Management at Universities

The Danish Bibliometric Research Indicator at Work

  • Poul Erik Mouritzen
  • Niels Opstrup
Book

Part of the Public Sector Organizations book series (PSO)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Poul Erik Mouritzen, Niels Opstrup
      Pages 3-21
    3. Poul Erik Mouritzen, Niels Opstrup
      Pages 23-36
    4. Poul Erik Mouritzen, Niels Opstrup
      Pages 37-56
  3. Motivational and Behavioral Effects

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 57-57
    2. Poul Erik Mouritzen, Niels Opstrup
      Pages 59-80
    3. Poul Erik Mouritzen, Niels Opstrup
      Pages 81-98
    4. Poul Erik Mouritzen, Niels Opstrup
      Pages 99-126
    5. Poul Erik Mouritzen, Niels Opstrup
      Pages 127-139
    6. Poul Erik Mouritzen, Niels Opstrup
      Pages 141-163
    7. Poul Erik Mouritzen, Niels Opstrup
      Pages 165-180
    8. Poul Erik Mouritzen, Niels Opstrup
      Pages 181-198
  4. Output and Outcomes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 199-199
    2. Poul Erik Mouritzen, Niels Opstrup
      Pages 201-213
    3. Poul Erik Mouritzen, Niels Opstrup
      Pages 215-227
    4. Poul Erik Mouritzen, Niels Opstrup
      Pages 229-245
  5. Conclusions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 247-247
    2. Poul Erik Mouritzen, Niels Opstrup
      Pages 249-267
    3. Poul Erik Mouritzen, Niels Opstrup
      Pages 269-281
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 283-297

About this book

Introduction

"Mouritzen and Opstrup's book is a most welcome addition to the subject of the management of academic performance. It is certainly well-worth reading and considering."
—Bruno S. Frey, Permanent Visiting Professor at the University of Basel and Research Director CREMA - Center for Research in Economics, Management and the Arts, Switzerland

"This superb book should be read by anyone interested higher education evaluation as well as by those who are subjected to it."
—Barry Bozeman, Regents' Professor, Arizona Centennial Professor of Technology Policy and Public Management, School of Public Affairs, Arizona State University, USA

"In Performance Management at Universities, Mouritzen and Opstrup definitively answer the question: What are the effects of national university performance-based funding schemes that use bibliometric indicators? The authors marshal comprehensive data on the Danish university system to sift through the many predictions commonly made by academics newly subject to these systems to identify what actually happened to Danish research as the system took hold."
—Diana Hicks, Professor, School of Public Policy, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA, and first author on the Leiden Manifesto on research metrics

This book gives an account of what can happen when performance management is introduced at universities. How do scholars – for better or worse – respond to a system which counts the number of articles and books? Many myths exist about scholar’s reactions: They cheat, slice their production to the least publishable unit, become more risk averse and will go for the low-hanging fruits; in short, they develop a “taste for publication” at the cost of a “taste of science”. Systematic knowledge about the consequences of such systems for the motivation, behavior and productivity of university scholars is in short supply. The book is a major contribution to remedy this situation.

Poul Erik Mouritzen is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Political Science, Aarhus University, Denmark. 

Niels Opstrup is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science and Public Management, University of Southern Denmark. 

Keywords

performance management Bibliometric research indicator University funding scholarly reactions university governance implementation incentives management tools isomorphism rational adaption academic inventives principal-agent theory colonization misrepresentation monitoring ambiguities unintended consequences goal displacement normative structure extrinsic motivation

Authors and affiliations

  • Poul Erik Mouritzen
    • 1
  • Niels Opstrup
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceAarhus UniversityAarhusDenmark
  2. 2.Department of Political Science and Public ManagementUniversity of Southern DenmarkOdenseDenmark

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-21325-1
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG, part of Springer Nature 2020
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Political Science and International Studies
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-21324-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-21325-1
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