Do Top Scholars Make the Best University Leaders?

8 January 2010 at 3:11 pm 2 comments

| Peter Klein |

Yes, says Amanda Goodall here and here. Here’s a summary and here’s some commentary. Her argument is based on inside knowledge, the ability to set appropriate standards, signaling, and legitimacy. Signaling strikes me as the most plausible (non-academic administrators may not have knowledge or legitimacy but they can hire subordinates who do). I haven’t studied the work carefully, however. Kudos to Goodall for tackling an important subject.

Her Vox article singles out economist-administrators for special mention. They seem to be doing quite well, Larry Summers notwithstanding.

Entry filed under: - Klein -, Education, Institutions, Management Theory, Theory of the Firm.

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  • 1. Nicolai Foss  |  8 January 2010 at 6:00 pm

    Goodall will give a talk here at CBS January 21. Show up if you happen to be around …

  • 2. Nicolai Foss  |  8 January 2010 at 6:36 pm

    Correction: It is on the 22nd.
    Here is another interesting Goodall (et al) paper:

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