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Publication - Professor Sarah Smith

    Herding cats? Management and university performance

    Citation

    McCormack, J, Propper, C & Smith, SL, 2014, ‘Herding cats? Management and university performance’. Economic Journal, vol 124., pp. F534-F564

    Abstract

    Using a tried and tested measure of management practices which 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.

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