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Ranking and clustering of the faculties of commerce research performance in Australia

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Abstract


  • There is a growing policy focus in Australian higher education on

    quantitative research performance assessment. However, most of the

    analysis has addressed aggregate performance at the institutional level,

    an approach inconsistent with recent policy emphasis on diversity among

    universities and one that ignores performance variations across disciplines.

    Using averaged and all available data for 2000-2004, cluster analysis is used

    to classify Australian Commerce Faculties into groups that exhibit similar

    research performance, measured by publication, PhD completion and

    secured competitive research grant funding. We also use factor analysis

    to generate full-multidimensional rankings within the resulting two or

    three clusters. It is found that in terms of total research output, with the

    exception of Adelaide all the Group of 8 (Go8) members plus University of

    Technology, Sydney and Griffith always belong to "Clusters". However,

    when research performance is expressed in per academic staff terms,

    an additional 11 universities join this same cluster. Our results additionally

    show that eight Australian faculties of Commerce not only possess low

    total research output but their per capita performance is also poor.

UOW Authors


Publication Date


  • 2010

Citation


  • Valadkhani, A. & Ville, S. (2010). Ranking and clustering of the faculties of commerce research performance in Australia. Applied Economics, 42 (22), 2881-2895.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-77955165234

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1712&context=commpapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/commpapers/674

Number Of Pages


  • 14

Start Page


  • 2881

End Page


  • 2895

Volume


  • 42

Issue


  • 22

Abstract


  • There is a growing policy focus in Australian higher education on

    quantitative research performance assessment. However, most of the

    analysis has addressed aggregate performance at the institutional level,

    an approach inconsistent with recent policy emphasis on diversity among

    universities and one that ignores performance variations across disciplines.

    Using averaged and all available data for 2000-2004, cluster analysis is used

    to classify Australian Commerce Faculties into groups that exhibit similar

    research performance, measured by publication, PhD completion and

    secured competitive research grant funding. We also use factor analysis

    to generate full-multidimensional rankings within the resulting two or

    three clusters. It is found that in terms of total research output, with the

    exception of Adelaide all the Group of 8 (Go8) members plus University of

    Technology, Sydney and Griffith always belong to "Clusters". However,

    when research performance is expressed in per academic staff terms,

    an additional 11 universities join this same cluster. Our results additionally

    show that eight Australian faculties of Commerce not only possess low

    total research output but their per capita performance is also poor.

UOW Authors


Publication Date


  • 2010

Citation


  • Valadkhani, A. & Ville, S. (2010). Ranking and clustering of the faculties of commerce research performance in Australia. Applied Economics, 42 (22), 2881-2895.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-77955165234

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1712&context=commpapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/commpapers/674

Number Of Pages


  • 14

Start Page


  • 2881

End Page


  • 2895

Volume


  • 42

Issue


  • 22