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Universities and Strategic Knowledge Creation

Specialization and Performance in Europe Edited by Andrea Bonaccorsi, Professor of Engineering Management, University of Pisa and Cinzia Daraio, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
Although the role of universities in the knowledge society is increasingly significant, there remains a severe lack of systematic quantitative evidence at the micro-level, with virtually all policy discussion based on country level statistics or case studies. This book redresses the balance by examining original data from universities in six European countries – Italy, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland and the UK.
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Publication Date: 2007
ISBN: 978 1 84720 110 2
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  • Education
  • Management and Universities
  • Innovation and Technology
  • Innovation Policy
Although the role of universities in the knowledge society is increasingly significant, there remains a severe lack of systematic quantitative evidence at the micro-level, with virtually all policy discussion based on country level statistics or case studies. This book redresses the balance by examining original data from universities in six European countries – Italy, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland and the UK.

The authors provide micro-based evidence on the evolution of the strategic profile of universities in terms of scientific research, contract research, education and the third mission. The result is a highly innovative book that combines detailed national case studies and comparative institutional analyses with state-of-the-art quantitative techniques.

Applying for the first time new generations of nonparametric efficiency measures on a large scale, Universities and Strategic Knowledge Creation will be of great interest to researchers and postgraduate students in higher education, economics of science and technology, and innovation studies. It will also appeal to policymakers and administrators in governments, ministries and universities.
‘. . . my opinion is that this book not only presents a wide and complete report of an extensive research effort, but also opens new directions for future research advancements in this field, that is very relevant both from theoretical considerations and policy-making implications.’
– Education Economics

‘This book is the first work that brings together comprehensive evidence on research and education activities conducted in European universities. The volume is both timely (current discussion on the European Research Area is based on very poor quality comparative evidence) and important for scholars, practitioners, policymakers and students. It provides a critical assessment of the availability and use of input–output data and indicators to measure and map European higher education systems. At a time when universities are being asked to play an increasing number of roles, this book represents a foundation on which scholars and policymakers can start to develop the harmonised statistical infrastructure needed to evaluate, assess and support European universities in their changing roles.’
– Aldo Geuna, University of Sussex, UK
Contributors: M. Benninghoff, P. Bogetoft, A. Bonaccorsi, M.F. Cardoso, G. Crespi, C. Daraio, M. Filippini, H.O. Fried, A. García-Aracil, M. Gulbrandsen, B. Jongbloed, B. Lepori, M.J. Rosa, C. Salerno, C.S. Sarrico, L. Simar, S. Slipersæter, P. Teixeira, P. Vanden Eeckaut
Contents:

PART I: INTRODUCTION
1. Theoretical Perspectives on University Strategy
Andrea Bonaccorsi and Cinzia Daraio

2. Universities as Strategic Knowledge Creators: Some Preliminary Evidence
Andrea Bonaccorsi and Cinzia Daraio

PART II: TRANSVERSAL TOPICS
3. Changing Models and Patterns of Higher Education Funding: Some Empirical Evidence
Benedetto Lepori, Martin Benninghoff, Ben Jongbloed, Carlo Salerno and Stig Slipersæter

4. The Third Mission and the Entrepreneurial University Model
Magnus Gulbrandsen and Stig Slipersæter

5. Efficiency and Productivity in European Universities: Exploring Trade-offs in the Strategic Profile
Andrea Bonaccorsi, Cinzia Daraio and Léopold Simar

PART III: NATIONAL PATTERNS
6. Patterns of Diversity in the Swiss Higher Education System
Benedetto Lepori

7. University Autonomy and Structural Constraints in the Italian System
Andrea Bonaccorsi and Cinzia Daraio

8. Cost Structure, Economies of Capacity Utilization and Scope in Swiss Higher Education Institutions
Massimo Filippini and Benedetto Lepori

9. The UK Knowledge Production Function
Gustavo Crespi

10. The Portuguese Public University System: On the Road to Improvement?
Pedro Teixeira, Margarida F. Cardoso, Cláudia S. Sarrico and Maria João Rosa

11. Expansion and Reorganization in the Spanish Higher Education System
Adela García-Aracil

PART IV: METHODOLOGICAL ISSUES, TOOLS AND DATA PLATFORM
12. Indicators for the Analysis of Higher Education Systems: Some Methodological Reflections
Andrea Bonaccorsi, Cinzia Daraio and Benedetto Lepori

13. Variables for Analysing Higher Education Institutions in Europe
Stig Slipersæter

14. The University Benchmarker: An Interactive Computer Approach
Peter Bogetoft, Harold O. Fried and Philippe Vanden Eeckaut

Index