Überblick über das Forschungsprojekt HELENA : Higher Education Global Efficiency Analysis

Essen (2012) (HELENA-Projektbericht ; 1), 56 S.
Buch / Monographie / Fach: Wirtschaftswissenschaften
Fakultät für Wirtschaftswissenschaften » Fachgebiet Betriebswirtschaftslehre » Produktion und Industrielles Informationsmanagement
The proposed research project Higher Education Global Efficiency Analysis“ (HELENA) aims at a
global efficiency benchmarking study addressing higher education institutions. Today global rankings
for universities exist consisting mainly out of cumulated outcome measurements – and neglecting
efficiency questions. As in most countries also in Germany the main source for higher education
funding is tax-based state funding. Therefore, an increasing interest is put towards a productivity –
or synonymously used: an efficiency – perspective in university management by comparing resource
inputs and outcomes of higher education activities. Several obvious hypotheses exist in this
field, e.g. private universities should be more efficient than state universities. But also non-mainstream
hypotheses can be found as for example research results of the authors showing diseconomies
of scale in universities for teaching as well as for research. Therefore a global benchmarking
effort seems to promise new insights in the efficiency of higher education institutions compared with
formerly international ranking systems as e.g. the Shanghai Jao-Tong University Ranking. Therefore
a research group is suggested to be established at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Institute
for Production and Industrial Information Management.