CGHE Seminar 101

Does institutional governance of universities matter for innovation?

  • Thursday, 21 Feb 2019 12:30 - 14:00
  • Room 828, UCL Institute of Education
  • Davide Donina, University of Bergamo

Since the 1990s, reforms of managerial practices in higher education settings have been significant and far-reaching. Among the policy instruments targeted by the global higher education reform agenda (OECD 2003; European Commission 2006; Santiago et al. 2008) there has been the central governance structures of universities, which are pivotal in increasing universities’ social responsibility and in prompting their effective response to socio-economic challenges (Capano et al. 2016; Jorge and Peña 2017).

Many studies analysed and compared the policy changes to central university governance structure (de Boer et al. 2010; Donina et al. 2015a; Donina and Hasanefendic forthcoming; Donina and Paleari forthcoming; Frølich, and Caspersen 2015; Kretek et al. 2013), but only few have sought to examine the efficacy of these changes (Deem 1998). In addition, the available studies about board composition, size, and structure provide inconsistent empirical evidence regarding the impact of board structure on organizational performance in both public and private organisations (e.g. Aguilera et al. 2008; Dalton et al. 1998; Frolich et al. forthcoming).

This paper aims to fill into this literature stream and addresses this gap by investigating whether the characteristics of governing bodies influence innovation output measured as patent activity and spinoff creation. The research question addressed is therefore: Does the institutional governance model of the university affect innovation?


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Davide Donina

Davide Donina

Dr Davide Donina obtained a Ph.D. in Economic and Management of Technology at the University of Pavia on January 2017 with a thesis on Higher Education Reforms in Italy. During his Ph.D., he a was visiting scholar at: i) Centre for Higher Education Governance Ghent (CHEGG), Department of Sociology, Faculty for Political and Social Sciences, Ghent University (Belgium) and ii) Centro de Investigação de Políticas do Ensino Superior (Center for Research in Higher Education Policies, CIPES), Matosinhos (Porto, Portugal).

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