This edited volume contributes to the ongoing research and practice on applying performance management to university governance. A comparative approach and international perspective of the issue is provided through extensive use of case studies and empirical findings. A specific focus is also placed on using performance governance applied to higher education institutions' Third Mission, and on enhancing decision makers' ability to frame dynamic complexity. In this regard, specific attention is devoted to analyzing the cause-and-effect relationships in affecting public outcomes. This also includes managing trade-offs in both time and space, and detecting and counteracting unintended behavioral effects from the use of formal systems focused on quantitative measures for performance assessment.
Eugenio Caperchione is a professor of public management in the Department of Economics at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (Italy). He served as the chair of the Comparative International Governmental Accounting Research (CIGAR) network and is a co-chair of the EGPA Permanent Study Group XII "Public Sector Financial Management." He is a member of the editorial advisory board of Public Money & Management. He is one of the editors of the book series "Public Sector Financial Management" by Palgrave Macmillan. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Kristianstad (Sweden), at the Institut d'Administration des Entreprises, Poitiers (France), at the University of Klagenfurt (Austria).
Carmine Bianchi is a professor of public management in the Department of Political Sciences at the University of Palermo (Italy), where he is also the scientific coordinator of the CED4 System Dynamics Group. At Palermo, he is also director of the doctoral program "Model-Based Public Planning, Policy Design, and Management," and of the Master of Public Management program. Prof. Bianchi is a member of the editorial board of the journals: International Journal of Public Administration, Public Administration Review, Public Management Review, and Public & Performance Management Review. He is also the editor of the book series System Dynamics for Performance Management & Governance by Springer. Prof. Bianchi has been a visiting professor at the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy, University at Albany (USA); the College of Public Affairs at the University of Baltimore (USA); and the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre (Brazil).
Performance Management and Governance in Public Universities: Challenges and Opportunities.- Transparency and Accountability in Higher Education as a Response to External Stakeholders and Rules: A Comparison Between Three Country-Case Studies.- An Analysis of Methodologies, Incentives, and Effects of Performance Evaluation in Higher Education: The English Experience.- A Longitudinal Analysis of the Relationship Between Central Government and Universities in France: The Role of Performance Measurement Mechanisms.- Adopting a Dynamic Performance Governance Approach to Frame Interorganizational Value Generation Processes into a University Third Mission Setting.- The Third Mission Strategies Disclosure Through the IntegratedPlan.- Transferring Knowledge to Improve University Competitiveness: The Performance of Technology Transfer Offices.- Third Mission and Intellectual Capital External Dimension: The Implications in the European University Planning Process.- Institutional Logics to Unveil Entrepreneurial Universities' Performances: A Cross-Country Comparative Study.- Third Mission in Universities from a Performance Management Perspective: A Comparison Between Germany and Italy.