A network DEA quantity and quality-orientated production model: An application to Australian university research services

Lee, Boon L. & Worthington, Andrew C. (2016) A network DEA quantity and quality-orientated production model: An application to Australian university research services. Omega, 60, pp. 26-33.

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The motivation for this analysis is the recently developed Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) program developed to assess the quality of research in Australia. The objective is to develop an appropriate empirical model that better represents the underlying production of higher education research. In general, past studies on university research performance have used standard DEA models with some quantifiable research outputs. However, these suffer from the twin maladies of an inappropriate production specification and a lack of consideration of the quality of output. By including the qualitative attributes of peer-reviewed journals, we develop a procedure that captures both quality and quantity, and apply it using a network DEA model. Our main finding is that standard DEA models tend to overstate the research efficiency of most Australian universities.

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ID Code: 85112
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Service efficiency, Network DEA, Research Universities Australia
DOI: 10.1016/j.omega.2015.05.014
ISSN: 1873-5274
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Economics & Finance
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 Elsevier.
Copyright Statement: Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution; Non-Commercial; No-Derivatives 4.0 International. DOI: 10.1016/j.omega.2015.05.014
Deposited On: 02 Jul 2015 23:08
Last Modified: 16 May 2016 07:14

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