KTH/CESIS Working Paper Series in Economics and Institutions of Innovation
Do university units differ in the efficiency of resource utilization?
Abstract: The efficiency of universities is attracting increased
interest, with most studies comparing the performance between different
universities. However, the within-university variation is largely
overlooked in the literature. Using data envelopment analysis this paper
identifies heterogeneity in the performance of 47 units of a leading
Swedish university (the Royal Institute of Technology) in terms of resource
utilization. The findings suggest the following: First, three quarters of
the units exhibit similar high performance. Second, the units are more
efficient in using resources for research than for teaching. Third,
efficiency in research is highly correlated with efficiency in teaching,
implying a complementary relationship.
Keywords: Technical and scale efficiency; Data envelopment analysis; universities; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: C14; I21; I23; (follow links to similar papers)
28 pages, April 1, 2009, Revised December 17, 2012
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