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What Future for Social Reporting and Accountability in Academic Systems. An Overview of the Italian Case

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  • Paolo RICCI

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The present work aims to give an overview of accountability systems in Italian universities and of their prospects following recent reform laws. After a sketch of pre-reform conditions and of the rationale behind change, particularly focused on the improvement of non-financial communication towards stakeholders, the work deals with social reporting in academic research and education, its potential developments and the first results reached. Further work is still needed to fully grasp measurement complexities and the potential lying in the evaluation of academic performance – especially with relation to sociality and sustainability – that plays an important role in national and international ranking systems.

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  • Paolo RICCI, 2013. "What Future for Social Reporting and Accountability in Academic Systems. An Overview of the Italian Case," REVISTA DE MANAGEMENT COMPARAT INTERNATIONAL/REVIEW OF INTERNATIONAL COMPARATIVE MANAGEMENT, Faculty of Management, Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest, Romania, vol. 14(2), pages 202-221, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:rom:rmcimn:v:14:y:2013:i:2:p:202-221
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    Keywords

    Social reporting; Accountability; University System; Performance.;

    JEL classification:

    • I23 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Higher Education; Research Institutions
    • M14 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration - - - Corporate Culture; Diversity; Social Responsibility

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