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Performance Management Strikes Danish Universities

  • Poul Erik MouritzenEmail author
  • Niels Opstrup
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Abstract

This introductory chapter discusses the Bibliometric Research Indicator (BRI) as an example of performance management at universities and the use of performance-based university research funding systems. The chapter describes the background and context of the BRI as well as the goals and expectations behind the system and its main principals, namely the point system which is used to score publications according to type (monograph, journal article, etc.) and level (‘normal level,’ known as Level 1, and ‘high level,’ known as Level 2). Finally, the strength of the financial incentives for individual universities based on the BRI is explained.

Keywords

Performance management Bibliometric research indicator University funding PRFS 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceAarhus UniversityAarhusDenmark
  2. 2.Department of Political Science and Public ManagementUniversity of Southern DenmarkOdenseDenmark

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