nep-sog New Economics Papers
on Sociology of Economics
Issue of 2008‒04‒15
two papers chosen by
Jonas Holmström
Swedish School of Economics and Business Administration

  1. Quality and TQM at Higher Education Institutions in the UK: Lessons from the University of East London and the Aston University By Jashim Uddin Ahmed
  2. National Systems of Innovation: a bibliometric appraisal By Aurora A.C. Teixeira

  1. By: Jashim Uddin Ahmed (North South University, Dhaka, Bangladesh)
    Abstract: The objective of this article is to investigate the level of implication of Quality in the University of East London and TQM in the Aston University. The elements of Quality and Accountability are the major driving forces in academic institutions in the UK, and in this respect, the total quality management (TQM) movement has exploded, capturing the attention of educators at all levels. Certainly, higher education embraces the concept of TQM as a set of tools for planning continuous improvement. In wider context, TQM have all sought to achieve fundamental change in organizations. The focuses of these two cases are implication of Quality and TQM programme in the University of East London and Aston University respectively.
    Date: 2008–04
  2. By: Aurora A.C. Teixeira (INESC Porto, Faculdade de Economia (FEP), CEMPRE, Universidade do Porto, Portugal)
    Abstract: The literature on NSI is a relatively new field of research with a quite impressive diffusion rate in the last 15 years. Although the concept of NSI is nowadays widely used both in academic and policy contexts, and a set of comprehensive theoretical surveys were published in the most recent years, no ‘quantitative’ survey exists on this matter. The present paper aims to fill this gap. We offer a complementary, ‘quantitative’, description of the state-of-the-art in the literature resorting to bibliometric methods. Our exercise shows that the time evolution of articles published was quite irregular, and that the NSI contributions have not converged to an integrated framework. We further evidence that historically detailed descriptions on NSI à la Freeman are rare, and analyses using more rigorous and diversified quantitative methodologies for assessing the performance of NSI are on demand. The huge increase in the share of ‘Conceptual/critical meta-literature on NSI’ in the latter (2001-2007) periods interestingly documents the conceptual dynamism and methodological-analytical challenges faced presently by NSI approach.
    Keywords: National Systems of Innovation, Bibliometrics, Econlit
    JEL: O10 O30 C89
    Date: 2008–04

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