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 12th Workshop on New Institutionalism in Organization Theory took place in the picturesque city of Lucerne, Switzerland, on 31/03 and 01/04/16. A good share of the presented papers was on higher education organizations, which indicates again that new institutionalism is among the most vital theoretical perspectives in our field.
Jelena Brankovic presented an interesting piece on the emergence of ‘elite’ university associations, such as the Russell Group in UK or the German U15. If this trend continues, soon few universities will be left that are not excellent. But if all universities are excellent, none is.
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:
The preliminary program of the 11th conference of the German Association for Higher Education Research (GfHf) has been announced.
The conference takes place on 6-8 April 2016 and is organized by the Bavarian State Institute for Higher Education Research and Planning (IHF). Further inormation regarding the conference can be found on the conference homepage. Binding registration is possible until 11 March 2016.
From 29-30 September 2016 the conference “University Governance: Impeding or Facilitating Creativity” will take place at the Royal Palace of Herrenhausen (Schloss Herrenhausen), Hannover. The conference which is arranged by Academia Europaea, INCHER Kassel and the Volkswagen Foundation deals with the relationship between governance and creativity in higher education and research, two essential requirements of research and higher education.
Researchers will present their findings dealing with issues of governance and creativity in universities and practitioners of the field of higher education leadership will contribute from their practical experiences. In addition the Nobel Prize winner for chemistry in 2014 will present his view on the topic.
The conference promises inspiring presentations and interesting discussions on a topic which is highly relevant for the academic and scientific development! Click here for the Programm and further Information.
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).
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.
On the 15th and 16th of July Alfred Kieser, Jetta Frost, Rick Vogel, Fabian Hattke, Jessica Petersen and me attended the “Governance, Performance & Leadership of Research and Public Organizations” symposium at the Bavarian Academy of the Sciences in Munich.
We heard several keynote addresses, inter alia of Margit Osterloh who gave a lecture about the shortcomings of current assessment procedures in academia and initiated a passionate discussion about this topic and John P.A. Ioannidis who illustrated paradoxes and room for improvement of research evaluations.
The parallel tracks concerned the central topics of the symposium (Governance, Performance & Leadership) and contained several interesting contributions. Rick Vogel, Alfred Kieser, Fabian Hattke and Jessica Petersen introduced the audience to the reasons of journals ranking-success. Jetta Frost, Fabian Hattke and me presented the audience how effects of performance measurement in academia can be captured through a multi-dimensional framework of scholars‘ organizational identification.
On the whole it was a really inspiring symposium with a nice composition of lecturers!
On very short notice: On November 6-7 2015, the university of applied sciences in Oldenburg organizes a conference, titled “Excellence for everyone!? Citizen science, universities, and science shops – a peak ahead.” Submission deadline has been extended until July 15th. Find the call for papers on this interesting topic here (document in German language).
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.
On the 3rd and 4th of June Jetta Frost, Fabian and me attended the 2015 EFMD Higher Education Research Conference in the Said Business School at the University of Oxford, United Kingdom. The Conference dealt with “The Legitimacy and Impact of Business Schools and Universities”.
The first day was opened with a keynote address of Jeffrey Pfeffer who shed light on current student culture in business schools in a slightly critical manner and reflected on the role and responsibility of business schools in society. The first parallel sessions dealt with reputation, rankings and the legitimacy of the business school and competition and change in higher education. They offered interesting perspectives on topics like the relations between states, universities and business schools, institutional change in the higher education system and competition. The second parallel sessions dealt with rankings, markets and performance in higher education and the legitimacy of Chinese universities and business schools. Fabian showed the audience how the effects of performance measurement in academia can be captured through a multiple-dimensional framework of scholars’ organizational identification and gained some positive and constructive feedback. The first day was concluded with a keynote address of Mats Alvesson who took the audience on a really entertaining trip through several paradoxes of the current higher education and business school system.
The second day was introduced with a keynote of Alis Oancea who presented the audience how the impact of research is related to several values in several societal spheres and how this relation can be systematized. The parallel sessions dealt with the meaning and significance of business school impact and the entrepreneurial activities and legitimacy of universities and business schools. They offered interesting perspectives on topics like the strengthening of higher education institutions legitimacy or the complexity of higher education institutions impact. At the end Andrew Pettigrew took leave in the name of the organisational team and named the conference “best EFMD-Conference so far”.
Beside the interesting content of the presentations we could enjoy the impressive atmosphere of Oxford. We visited many of the 38 colleges that constitute the University of Oxford. On wednesday we had our dinner in the hall at Balliol College, which is the oldest Oxford College that has a lot of famous absolvents, inter alia Adam Smith and a few prime ministers. On the whole it was a really nice conference in an inspiring environment. We are looking forward to next year’s EFMD Higher Education Research Conference!
Am 8. und 9. Oktober 2015 findet in Berlin eine von der DGS und dem WZB initiierte Tagung zum Thema „Einheit trotz Vielfalt? Die Diversität der Wissenschaft als Herausforderung für die Forschung“ statt.
Abstracts für Vortragsbeiträge im Umfang von ca. 500 Wörtern können bis zum 15. Mai 2015 eingereicht werden.
On February 21st Fabian and me attended the 16th Workshop for Higher Education Management at the University Duisburg-Essen, Campus Duisburg.
Sadly we could only join the second part of the workshop. Nevertheless we had a nice Saturday with interesting presentations. The lectures dealt with choice for studies, diversity and learning software and performance measurement in science.
Michaela Schaffhauser-Linzatti introduced us to the reasons for university and academic subject choice at the business faculty of the University of Vienna and reflected about the possible managerial consequences of the results. Winfried Reiß and Helge Krusche from the University of Paderborn gave us an entertaining and interactive impression of the interactive learning system OViSS 3.0. Laura Graf held a presentation about an explorative study concerning performance and performance measurement in science which resulted in an inspiring discussion about qualitative and quantitative measurement of scholarly performance. Omar Adam Ayaita presented a fruitful approach of how to identify productivity patterns of researchers beyond the current methods. Christoph Biester presented us some unexpected insights into scholar’s perception of the performance-related payment in academia. Finally, we presented some first results of our current project about the effects of performance measurement on medical scholars’ organizational identification and gained some positive and constructive feedback.
We are looking forward to next years’ workshop!
On Thursday 10th and Friday 11th September 2015 the 8th Annual UK & Ireland Conference
of the higher Education Institutional Research Network takes place at the University of the West of Scotland, Paisley Campus PA1 2BE, Scotland, UK. The topic of the 2015 conference is: “The Stories We Tell: Using institutional research to enhance policy, practice and Engagement.”
Abstracts can be submitted until March 27th 2015.
For further Informations about the speakers, the different tracks dealing inter alia with “Performance and Impact” or “Institutional Management” and the submission formats take a look at http://www.uws.ac.uk/heir2015/#.VOg8ui4l-Wk.
Attached, you find the call for papers for a conference at International Centre for Higher Education Research, University of Kassel, Germany. It takes place on April 11th-12th, 2016 and is organized by Guido Bünstorf, Georg Krücken, and Christian Schneijderberg. Confirmed Keynote Speakers are Aldo Geuna (Torino) and Walter W. Powell (Stanford).
Deadline for submission of abstracts (500 to 1000 words) is October 05th, 2015.
From Sunday 30 August 2015 until Wednesday 2 September 2015 the Danube University of Krems is hosting the 37th Annual EAIR Forum in Krems, Austria.
The theme of the 2015 EAIR Krems Forum is “From here to there: Positioning Higher Education Institutions”. It will address the importance of positioning higher education institutions for the future and deal inter alia with strategic profiling and new types of institutions in higher education.
Researchers, managers, administrators and policy makers are invited to submit proposals for presentations and posters that should be designed to contribute to one of the seven tracks dealing inter alia with governance and leadership and institutional research.
Paper proposals can be subimtted until Monday 9 February 2015 (23:59 hrs. CET).