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Highly cited leaders and the performance of research universities

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  • Goodall, Amanda H.

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There is a large literature on the productivity of universities. Little is known, however, about how different types of leader affect a university's later performance. To address this, I blend quantitative and qualitative evidence. By constructing a new longitudinal dataset, I find that on average the research quality of a university improves some years after it appoints a president (vice chancellor) who is an accomplished scholar. To try to explain why scholar-leaders might improve the research performance of their institutions, I draw from interview data with 26 heads in universities in the United States and United Kingdom. The findings have policy implications for governments, universities, and a range of research and knowledge-intensive organizations.

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Volume (Year): 38 (2009)
Issue (Month): 7 (September)
Pages: 1079-1092

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Handle: RePEc:eee:respol:v:38:y:2009:i:7:p:1079-1092

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Keywords: Research performance Expert knowledge Leadership Universities Innovation;

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  1. Singell, Larry D. & Tang, Hui-Hsuan, 2013. "Pomp and circumstance: University presidents and the role of human capital in determining who leads U.S. research institutions," Economics of Education Review, Elsevier, vol. 32(C), pages 219-233.
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