Herding Cats? Management and University Performance

31 Pages Posted: 29 Jul 2014

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John McCormack

University of Bristol - Department of Economics

Carol Propper

Imperial College London Business School; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); University of Bristol - Leverhulme Centre for Market and Public Organisation (CMPO)

Sarah Smith

University of Bristol; Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS)

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Date Written: August 2014

Abstract

Using a tried and tested measure of management practices that has been shown to predict firm performance, we survey nearly 250 departments across 100+ UK universities. We find large differences in management scores across universities and that departments in older, research‐intensive universities score higher than departments in newer, more teaching‐oriented universities. We also find that management matters in universities. The scores, particularly with respect to provision of incentives for staff recruitment, retention and promotion are correlated with both teaching and research performance conditional on resources and past performance. Moreover, this relationship holds for all universities, not just research‐intensive ones.

Suggested Citation

McCormack, John and Propper, Carol and Smith, Sarah, Herding Cats? Management and University Performance (August 2014). The Economic Journal, Vol. 124, Issue 578, pp. F534-F564, 2014. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2473320 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ecoj.12105

John McCormack (Contact Author)

University of Bristol - Department of Economics ( email )

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Carol Propper

Imperial College London Business School ( email )

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Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

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University of Bristol - Leverhulme Centre for Market and Public Organisation (CMPO) ( email )

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Sarah Smith

University of Bristol ( email )

University of Bristol,
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Bristol, BS8 ITH
United Kingdom

Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) ( email )

7 Ridgmount Street
London, WC1E 7AE
United Kingdom

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