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The transformative power of research evaluation: effects on University governance and practices

Reale, E; Marini, G; (2014) The transformative power of research evaluation: effects on University governance and practices. In: (Proceedings) 8th ECPR General Conference, 3-6 September 2014, Glasgow, UK. European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) Green open access

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Abstract

The paper investigates how research evaluation, and the use of specific quantitative tools for the assessment purposes, is likely to transform universities into more complete organizations, affecting hierarchy and rationality. The research questions are: is evaluation, by the way of research evaluation, transforming the hierarchies within the universities and the control mechanisms? How evaluation is affecting the vertical diversity within and between universities? We expect research evaluation emerges as a powerful means used by the leadership in order to reinforce the universities as professional organizations, reducing the collegiality; at the same time we expect signals of internal resilience aimed at securing the maintenance of the existing power distribution. The paper comparatively investigates how the different levels perceive the relationships of the universities with the national agencies for evaluation; these perceptions will be compared to other information about the use, and the degree of relevance of evaluation in terms of leadership (Rector level), government (Board, Senate and Administration), and in terms of results in practices (Middle Management level). Besides this scheme, some light could be shed on the modes of impact of research evaluation to steer the universities.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: The transformative power of research evaluation: effects on University governance and practices
Event: 8th ECPR General Conference, 3-6 September 2014, Glasgow, UK
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://ecpr.eu/Events/EventDetails.aspx?EventID=1...
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: research evaluation, higher education, governance
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Social Research Institute
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10040625
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