The balancing role of evaluation mechanisms in organizational governance: The case of publicly funded research institutions

Junwen Luo (Corresponding Author), Gonzalo Ordonez Matamoros, Stefan Kuhlmann

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    Abstract

    Evaluation taking place within publicly funded research institutions (PRIs) has been practiced as a useful instrument to justify PRIs’ public funding and to provide evidence for their internal decision-making. The role of evaluation in organizational governance is well-acknowledged as being important in PRIs’ management practices. However, it has not attracted much attention from research evaluation scholars. In this article, we propose that evaluation mechanisms perform a balancing role in organizational governance of PRIs with respect to three main aspects: strategy, funding, and operation, where governance tensions often occur between different stakeholders. This research attempts to contribute to a better understanding of why and how evaluation
    helps to deal with such governance tensions by looking at three case studies, namely the Max Planck Society (MPG), the Helmholtz Association (HGF), both in Germany, and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). We illustrate the circumstances and conditions in which evaluation mechanisms, where evaluation procedures and culture are institutionalized and stakeholders’ interactions are facilitated, help indeed to mitigate the governance tensions.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)344-354
    Number of pages11
    JournalResearch evaluation
    Volume28
    Issue number4
    Early online date6 Sept 2019
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2019

    Keywords

    • UT-Hybrid-D
    • Research organisation
    • Publicly funded research institutions
    • Organizational governance
    • Evaluation mechanism
    • Balancing role
    • Research evaluation
    • Tensions

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