Research performance and the organizational effectiveness of UK universities

Croucher, Richard and Gooderham, Paul and Rizov, Marian (2018) Research performance and the organizational effectiveness of UK universities. Journal of Organizational Effectiveness: People and Performance . ISSN 2051-6614

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We test Shattock’s legacy reputation thesis that non-leading universities in the UK face insuperable resource barriers to entering the leading group. Employing regression analysis, we examine whether prioritizing research performance is a viable strategy for non-leading UK universities aiming to improve their organizational effectiveness. The dependent variable, organizational effectiveness, is measured by the annual Guardian rankings of universities. The main independent variable, research performance, is measured using “research power” (‘RP’). RP is derived from the UK Research Excellence Framework (REF). For 2008-14 we find that changes in research performance impacted university rankings. However, we also find that changes to the rankings are largely confined to non-leading universities and have not led to these institutions breaking into the group of leading universities. Therefore, Shattock’s thesis is supported. Future research should use a longer time-span. It should investigate in more detail the mechanisms involved in the research performance-organizational effectiveness relationship. Failing to maintain research performance can have significant negative consequences for the rankings of non-leading universities. This is the first study that examines the relationship between the research performance of universities in the UK with a measure of their overall organizational effectiveness.

Keywords:organizational effectiveness, research performance, UK universities
Subjects:N Business and Administrative studies > N100 Business studies
L Social studies > L110 Applied Economics
N Business and Administrative studies > N224 Management and Organisation of Education
N Business and Administrative studies > N200 Management studies
Divisions:Lincoln International Business School
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Deposited On:28 Sep 2017 12:47

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