This research was funded by The Economic and Social Research Council through the Centre for Market and Public Organisation. Thanks to two anonymous referees and the editor and to Nick Bloom, Clare Callender, Wendy Larner for helpful comments, to the student interviewers (Eloise Pollard, Kamahl Hoque, Rob Cole, Doris Flores, Eric Larson, Alice Chester–Master), to Salomo Hirvonen for research assistance and to all the university managers who gave us their time.
Herding Cats? Management and University Performance
Version of Record online: 26 MAR 2014
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The Economic Journal
Volume 124, Issue 578, pages F534–F564, August 2014
How to Cite
McCormack, J., Propper, C. and Smith, S. (2014), Herding Cats? Management and University Performance. The Economic Journal, 124: F534–F564. doi: 10.1111/ecoj.12105
- Issue online: 28 JUL 2014
- Version of Record online: 26 MAR 2014
- Accepted manuscript online: 30 OCT 2013 10:49AM EST
- Manuscript Accepted: 3 SEP 2013
- Manuscript Received: 19 APR 2013
- The Economic and Social Research Council
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.