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ERIC Number: EJ1208289
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019-Jan
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0958-2029
The Missing Link: How University Managers Mediate the Impact of a Performance-Based Research Funding System
Krog Lind, Jonas
Research Evaluation, v28 n1 p84-93 Jan 2019
The impact of Performance-based Research Funding System (PRFS) has received increasing attention in recent years. However, the literature has focused on individual-level or country-level effects, mostly ignoring the 'missing link' between PRFSs and their effects: university managers. Drawing upon the sociology of numbers and theories of organizational translation, this article uses the concepts of "actionability" and "legitimacy" to analyse how and why managers at two Danish universities undertook local translations of a new Bibliometric Research Indicator (BRI). While scholars have emphasized how research evaluation systems can be either strong or weak by design, this study demonstrates how local managers to some extent "make" national systems strong or weak. The study also finds though that managers' translations are conditioned by a range of background factors. These factors are identified as "financial incentives", "problem definitions", "indicator competition", and "identity and culture".
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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: Denmark