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ERIC Number: EJ924206
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-May
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 81
ISSN: ISSN-0018-1560
The Impact of New Public Management Instruments on PhD Education
Schneider, Peter; Sadowski, Dieter
Higher Education: The International Journal of Higher Education and Educational Planning, v59 n5 p543-565 May 2010
New public governance emphasises less state, more market and more hierarchy as the cornerstones for effective steering of higher education institutions. Based on an explorative analysis of qualitative and quantitative data of fourteen German and European economics departments, we investigate the steering effects of six new public management instruments in the years 2001 and 2002 on subsequent placement success of PhD graduates. Using crisp set Qualitative Comparative Analysis to analyse the data, our results deliver strong support for the positive effects of competition for resources and the varying effects of hierarchy on PhD education. Governance of successful departments is characterised by two solutions: "transparency over academic achievements" as one single success factor in each solution or a combination of "additional funding based on national competitive performance" with either "no public policy regulations for departments" or "no university regulations for departments." Governance of unsuccessful departments is characterised by one solution: "university regulations for departments" or a combination of "no additional funding based on national competitive performance" and "no transparency over academic achievements." Our results strengthen the strong impact of selected competitive mechanisms as an effective governance instrument and the partially detrimental effects of state regulations. University regulations turn out to be successful if they increase transparency over academic achievements by faculty members. Success is unlikely if those rules intervene into PhD education.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Germany