Higher Education Dynamics

Governance and Performance in the German Public Research Sector

Disciplinary Differences

Editors: Jansen, Dorothea (Ed.)

  • Discusses performance indicator systems and managememt in a discipline-specific manner
  • Approaches the concept of governance from the perspectives of law and social sciences
  • Offers insight into differences in knowledge production and research collaboration
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Today, higher education and research institutions are confronted with variable and sometimes contradictory demands from state, industry and society. They have to face growing volatility in education policy, and a research paradigm that sees an accelerating rate of knowledge growth as well as the internationalization of the knowledge process itself. It is vital that academics and policymakers stay abreast of the impact that policy changes have on education and research in tertiary institutions. Based on a sector-specific theory model for the governance of research organizations, this book outlines evidence of the effects of the so-called ‘new public management reforms’ in the German university and public research sector. The volume aims to shed some light on the differences between the disciplines in input, throughput, profiles of output and the typical conditions of knowledge production, disparities that are currently little understood and are thus not reflected in government policy as ministers implement new governance forms in the research system. It analyzes in detail these new forms, and demonstrates how they affect knowledge production and research performance from the level of research group up to that of the system itself. The authors focus on a set of disciplines that represent the breadth of research divisions in major universities: natural science fields oriented to basic research (astrophysics), two application-oriented fields from the natural sciences (nanoscience and biotechnology), a social science field (economics) and a humanity field (medieval history).

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The Governance of universities and the effects of new public management are important topics that have given rise to a rich body of work. This book has two unique features. It mobilises the German situation to show how productive the notion of “governance pattern” can be to account for the architecture of the various external and internal, old and new governance mechanisms at play. This enables to focus on the central argument of the book, that is “the evidence of huge differences among disciplinary fields with respect to their conditions and requirements for knowledge production”. The book takes different disciplines to study how these are affected differently by ‘on size fits all’ institutional changes. They initiate a rich path both for science policy studies and for university-focused organisational research. Philippe Laredo Université Paris-Est and University of Manchester This well-timed, informative and interesting book enriches the current discussions on the governance of research in and out of Germany. It belongs into the hands of those who are in positions of responsibility in universities, research institutions and research policy. The book does not mark the end of the discussions but shows the state of the art of the governance research in Germany in an encouraging way. Moreover, it marks an important reference point for how to continue this discussion also internationally. Reinhard Grunwald Former Secretary General of the German Research Foundation Executive Managing Director of the Center for Science & Research Management

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Erratum to: Governance and Performance in the German Public Research Sector

    Kehm, Barbara M. (et al.)

    Pages 1-1

  • New Public ManagementNew Public Management in Science and Incentive-Compatible Resource-Allocation Based on Indicators

    Schubert, Torben (et al.)

    Pages 3-18

  • Disciplinary Differences from a Legal Perspective

    Broemel, Roland (et al.)

    Pages 19-41

  • Is Nanoscience a Mode 2Mode 2 Field? Disciplinary Differences in Modes of Knowledge Productionmodes of knowledge production

    Jansen, Dorothea (et al.)

    Pages 45-71

  • Effects of New Governancegovernance on Research in the Humanitieshumanities – The Example of Medieval Historymedieval history

    Kehm, Barbara M. (et al.)

    Pages 73-90

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Governance and Performance in the German Public Research Sector
Book Subtitle
Disciplinary Differences
Editors
  • Dorothea Jansen
Series Title
Higher Education Dynamics
Series Volume
32
Copyright
2010
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-90-481-9139-0
DOI
10.1007/978-90-481-9139-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-90-481-9138-3
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-3268-1
Series ISSN
1571-0378
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXVI, 194
Topics