The literature on the use of performance measurement systems in public- and private-sector organizations has emphasized the importance of designing and using relevant measures that reflect the relevance to the business and the organization’s context and strategy. However, research evidences a large number of failures in performance measurement design. Furthermore, little attention is paid to what factors explain the design of measurement systems that does not reflect adequately the organization’s business environment. We use the case of Italian Universities to highlight how the resource allocation systems of faculty positions to academic departments are impacted by performance-based funding. Findings show a variety of performance measurement systems in use within Italian Universities ranging from the use of formula-based allocation to discretionary systems. Differences across systems arise from differences in strategies and priorities of Universities. We have limited evidence that the systems’ features can explain the disparities in research performance and funding across universities, which suggest that a substantial part of the explanation may reside in the size of the organization or in the politics of power across fields and disciplines.

Francesconi, A., Guarini, E. (2016). Performance-based funding and internal resource allocation: The case of Italian Universities. In VII Workshop Nazionale di Azienda Pubblica "Quali performance, misurate come, da chi e per quali scopi nel sistema delle amministrazioni pubbliche, dei servizi e delle imprese pubbliche".

Performance-based funding and internal resource allocation: The case of Italian Universities

GUARINI, ENRICO
Secondo
2016

Abstract

The literature on the use of performance measurement systems in public- and private-sector organizations has emphasized the importance of designing and using relevant measures that reflect the relevance to the business and the organization’s context and strategy. However, research evidences a large number of failures in performance measurement design. Furthermore, little attention is paid to what factors explain the design of measurement systems that does not reflect adequately the organization’s business environment. We use the case of Italian Universities to highlight how the resource allocation systems of faculty positions to academic departments are impacted by performance-based funding. Findings show a variety of performance measurement systems in use within Italian Universities ranging from the use of formula-based allocation to discretionary systems. Differences across systems arise from differences in strategies and priorities of Universities. We have limited evidence that the systems’ features can explain the disparities in research performance and funding across universities, which suggest that a substantial part of the explanation may reside in the size of the organization or in the politics of power across fields and disciplines.
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Performance measurement systems; performance-based funding; resource allocation; Higher education; Universities
English
VII Workshop Nazionale di Azienda Pubblica "Quali performance, misurate come, da chi e per quali scopi nel sistema delle amministrazioni pubbliche, dei servizi e delle imprese pubbliche", 25-27 Giugno, Università di Palermo
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Francesconi, A., Guarini, E. (2016). Performance-based funding and internal resource allocation: The case of Italian Universities. In VII Workshop Nazionale di Azienda Pubblica "Quali performance, misurate come, da chi e per quali scopi nel sistema delle amministrazioni pubbliche, dei servizi e delle imprese pubbliche".
Francesconi, A; Guarini, E
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