Do university units differ in the efficiency of resource utilization?
AbstractThe efficiency of universities is attracting increased interest, with most studies comparing the performance between different universities. However, the within-university variation is largely overlooked in the literature. Using data envelopment analysis this paper identifies heterogeneity in the performance of 47 units of a leading Swedish university (the Royal Institute of Technology) in terms of resource utilization. The findings suggest the following: First, three quarters of the units exhibit similar high performance. Second, the units are more efficient in using resources for research than for teaching. Third, efficiency in research is highly correlated with efficiency in teaching, implying a complementary relationship.
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Length: 28 pages
Date of creation: 01 Apr 2009
Date of revision: 17 Dec 2012
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Technical and scale efficiency; Data envelopment analysis; universities;
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- C14 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Semiparametric and Nonparametric Methods: General
- I21 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Analysis of Education
- I23 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Higher Education; Research Institutions
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2009-04-05 (All new papers)
- NEP-EDU-2009-04-05 (Education)
- NEP-EFF-2009-04-05 (Efficiency & Productivity)
- NEP-SOG-2009-04-05 (Sociology of Economics)
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