We’ve presented our study on “Performance Indicators in Academic Research”, asking “Do they Improve Performance?” at the 20th Annual Conference of the International Research Society for Public Management in Hong Kong. We had the chance to discuss our study in a PMRA-sponsored panel. Our empirical findings’ implications that “after a thorough selection of researchers, the best way to enhance academic performance is to grant them autonomy and to govern them by expertise rather than by performance appraisals” activated great consent. Besides the conference, the journey was an intense and enriching cultural experience. We’re looking forward to next year’s conference in Budapest.
The digitalization of science or “Science 2.0” is a major topic for higher education institutions. The Science 2.0 Conference provides a unique networking platform bringing together various stakeholder groups affected by the digitization of science. This year’s conference is hosted at Cologne and will take place on May 3-4 with a preconference on May 2nd. The focus will be the discovery of European Open Science Cloud. The International Science 2.0 Conference and EEXCESS Final Conference is a joint venture of ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics, Goportis – Leibniz Library Network for Research Information, Leibniz Research Alliance Science 2.0 and the EEXCESS project. Find the programme here:
We’ve recieved great submissions to our call for papers for the 18th Workshop of the Scientific Commission Higher Education Management (Wissenschaftliche Kommission Hochschulmanagement im VHB). See the preliminary program here.
If you want to join the workshop, you’re heavily invited to contact us (please use this form).
As reported by the Korea Harold, South Korea is facing academic scandal. Prosecutors suspect 200 professors and several employees from academic publishers to be involved in a huge copyright-violation complot. Professors allegedly changed the covers of existing books which were authored by other scholars and published them in their own names. Most original authors seem to have had no idea what was going on, others are accused of having particpated in the fraud for financial compensations. Investigations suggest that scholars tried to boost their academic profiles ahead of rehiring assessments.
If accusations turn out to be true, it would raise serious concerns about the certain quality control mechanisms in scholarly publishing and HRM practices. It also seems to provide a rich case for studying the dynamics of corruption in academia.
The Journal of Management Studies (JMS) has issued a call for paper on “‘Theories from the Lab’: How Research on Science Commercialization can Contribute to Management Studies.” The special issue points to an important origin of the scientific knowledge and technology being commercialized – the research laboratory. And it connotes our belief that the science commercialization context can serve as a laboratory for researchers seeking to advance our understanding of key issues in management and organization studies.
The special issue will be edited by Riccardo Fini (University of Bologna, Italy), Einar Rasmussen (University of Nordland Business School, Norway), Johan Wiklund (Syracuse University, USA), and Mike Wright (Imperial College Business School London, UK). Deadline for manuscript submission is 30th September 2016. Find the full call for papers here.
Guido Bünstorf, Georg Krücken, and Christian Schneijderberg are organizing a conference on “Academic entrepreneurship and knowledge transfer.” It takes place on 11-12 April 2016, in the Science Park of the University of Kassel, Germany. See the full program here.
Abstracts (max. 1000 words excluding references) of articles dealing with the management of higher education institutions can be submitted until December 14th 2015. Among the areas of interest are:
- New forms of governance of universities
- Measurability of research performance
- Open access, social media, and ctizen science
- Peer evaluation, performance indicators, and rankings
- Autonomy of science
For further information see the call for papers (only in German).
I recently found a blog that provides a list of higher rducation journals. Although its last update seems to be in 2011, the list provides valuable information on journals’ publishers, impact factors, word limits, covered areas, and acceptance rates. Thanks to the Early Career Higher Education Researchers (ECHER) network for compiling the list.
Jetta Frost, Markus Reihlen, Ferdinand Wenzlaff and I just published our book on multi-level governance in universities. It summarizes the main results from our project “RePort” which ended in late 2014. In the book, we analyze how external governance of science determines internal coordination mechanisms. For that purpose, we detail university governance on a macro (strategies to cope with the institutional environment), a meso (structures and processes), and a micro level of analysis (behavior control). The book is in German and published by the Kölner Wissenschaftsverlag. You can order it here. Since the threefold framework (macro-meso-micro) proved to be very useful, we are also working on an edited volume in English using the same structure.
As reported before, I am currently visiting the Center for Higher Education and Science Studies at the University of Zurich. On October 7th, I will give a talk, titled “Governing universities between profession and organization”. It is concerned with the development of science studies and higher education research and reports on our latest research results. Attendance is free and visitors are welcome! You’ll find the announcement here (only in German).
In his post, Rick already reported on the problem of fake science in predatory journals. After being contacted by a dubios publisher, I came across a blog on scholarly open access that provides a list of predatory publishers. The blog seems pretty reliable to me, so it may be worth checking the comprehensive list in case you have doubts about the trustworthiness of a publication opportunity. It also provides excellent information about open access in general.
EUREDOCS is a network of European doctoral students working on issues related to the Europeanization of higher education and research. It is sponsored by several European higher education research institutes and aims to facilitate and enable more communication among doctoral students in the field. The 10th workshop will take place on 27-28 May 2016 at the Society for Research into Higher Education in London. Deadline for submission of proposals is on 11 January 2016. Find the full call for proposals here.
I’m currently visiting the Center for Higher Education and Science Studies (CHESS) at the University of Zurich (UZH). Founded in 2014, the interdisciplinary center brings together fourteen scholars from business and economics, media research and journalism, pedagogy and educational research, history of economics and of education, social psychology, sociology, and public policy.
As the Mananing Director Bernhard Nievergelt states, the CHESS is a reaction to meet the new challenges for higher education governance that universities face due to changing institutional demands. It concentrates respective research efforts at UZH and facilitates exchange through talks and workshops. In the future, the center shall also provide academic training for students and practitioners. The CHESS is, thus, an important step towards etablishing science studies at European universities and part of the trend to professionalize higher education management. I’m grateful for the opportunity to visit the center and thank Katja Rost for supporting my stay.
Here’s a call for contributions for the 18th International Conference on Higher Education. The scholarly conference provides an interdisciplinary forum for researchers, practitioners and educators to discuss recent trends and and developments in the field of higher education. All accepted papers are published in conference proceedings and can be submitted for publication in a special issue. The conference takes place on April 19-20, 2016 in Boston. Submission deadline is October 19, 2015. For more information, visite the conference’s website.
The 11th Annual Conference of the German Association for Higher Education Research (Gesellschaft für Hochschulforschung GfHf) has announced its call for papers. The conference takes place on April 06-08 2016 at the Bavarian State Institute for Higher Education Studies and Planning (IHF).
The main theme is “New forms of governance in universities and research institutes: Current state of research and future perspectives”. Sub themes are (1) Opportunities and limitations of state involvement (2) External governance (3) Academic self-governance (4) Hierarchical self-governance (5) Competition.
As reported by the Times Higher Education, the pressure on academics to raise external funding may cause a labor dispute. In September, scholars of Birmingham University will decide on whether they go on strike to fight against “the imposition of grant capture as a generic duty and disciplinary necessity”. While third party funding becomes more and more important in German universities, the UK is already more involved in actions related to “New Public Management”. Let’s hope Germany and other European countries can seize a “late mover’s advantage” and do not make the same mistake as the UK by putting too much economic pressures on scholars. Stefan Grimm’s tragic fate should remind us that there’s more to science than “bring your own buck”.
The first German Summer School of Science Studies and Higher Education Research takes place on September 14-18th 2015 at Humboldt University, Berlin. It is the opening of a series of events, funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.This year’s overall topic is “Quality expectations in scientific knowledge production and from academic institutions”. Here’s the call for applications and the school’s website (only in German). The school adresses PhD and master students with respective research interests. Deadline for applications is on July 15th (first come first serve).
On July 13-15th 2016, several European societies for higher education research (see GfHf for the German pendant) are organizing a conference at Amsterdam. Here’s a short abstract:
“Given the multi-level nature of the issues at stake within higher education, representatives of major EU and US networks of higher education researchers decided to combine their expertise and organize this joint conference in the Summer of 2016 at the Dutch capital of Amsterdam. Also a number of national higher education associations are actively involved. Particular purpose of this conference is to unite the macro, meso and micro levels of higher education research, therefore covering the scholarship of learning, teaching and organizing.”
Submission deadline is January 15th 2016. See the website for more information.