New public management and the research capacities in higher education

This PhD project aims to compare the interaction between university management and university researchers of medieval history and “red” biotechnology. The emphasis will be laid on the influence of new public management reforms on the decision-making processes, legitimacy of leadership and accountability within universities and the subsequent responses of researchers towards them. The level of analysis will be the work floor level of a university taking four dimensions of research capacities into consideration, i.e. teaching-research nexus, problem choice in research, mainstream versus innovative research and research output preferences. The overall governance of higher education and research system will serve as a context. Building on the mix of the approaches of resource dependency and neo-institutionalism, a number of hypotheses are derived and will be tested with the help of case studies of different universities in England, Germany and the Netherlands.

Researcher involved: Liudvika Leišytė