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Research productivity and research system attitudes


  • Jenny M. Lewis


The release of the 2014 REF results in the UK is a timely reminder that many national governments have aimed to increase the research productivity of universities, by introducing performance-based research systems. This paper examines whether there is a relationship between attitudes to these research systems and research productivity, using interview data from three universities in Australia, New Zealand and the UK. It concludes that attitudes are not strongly related to productivity, and that only a better understanding of system limitations will help to improve them.

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  • Jenny M. Lewis, 2014. "Research productivity and research system attitudes," Public Money & Management, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 34(6), pages 417-424, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:pubmmg:v:34:y:2014:i:6:p:417-424
    DOI: 10.1080/09540962.2014.962368

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    1. Margit Osterloh & Bruno S. Frey, 2009. "Research governance in academia: are there alternatives to academic rankings?," IEW - Working Papers 423, Institute for Empirical Research in Economics - University of Zurich.
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