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ERIC Number: ED511963
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Feb
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 12
Why Socrates Should Be in the Boardroom in Research Universities. Research & Occasional Paper Series: CSHE.3.10
Goodall, Amanda H.
Center for Studies in Higher Education
There is an extensive literature on the productivity of universities. Little is known, however, about how different types of leaders affect a university's performance. To address this question, this paper blends quantitative and qualitative evidence. First, I establish that the best universities in the world are led by respected scholars. Next, by constructing a new longitudinal dataset, I show that the research quality of a university improves some years after it appoints a president (or vice chancellor) who is an accomplished researcher. To try to explain why scholar-leaders might improve the research performance of their institutions, I draw from interview data with twenty-six university heads in the United States and United Kingdom. These findings have policy implications for governments, universities, and a range of research and knowledge-intensive organizations. (Contains 7 figures and 27 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: University of California, Berkeley, Center for Studies in Higher Education
Identifiers - Location: France; Germany; United Kingdom; United States