nep-sog New Economics Papers
on Sociology of Economics
Issue of 2011‒03‒26
two papers chosen by
Jonas Holmström
Swedish School of Economics and Business Administration

  1. University rankings – a guide to choose a university? By Jianu (Dumitru), Ionela; Dumitru, Ionut
  2. Kaderschmieden der Wirtschaft und/oder Universitäten? Der Auftrag der Wirtschaftsuniversitäten und -fakultäten im 21. Jahrhundert By Gebhard Kirchgässner

  1. By: Jianu (Dumitru), Ionela; Dumitru, Ionut
    Abstract: In a more and more global world, universities compete for both students and faculty staff. Do university rankings offer a good perspective when it comes to choosing a university, as a student or university professor/researcher? This paper presents an analysis of well-known university rankings, trying to answer to the above mentioned question. It also presents an alternative to such rankings, namely intellectual capital evaluation models.
    Keywords: university rankings; indicators; intellectual capital
    JEL: M1 I23 A2
    Date: 2011–03–06
  2. By: Gebhard Kirchgässner
    Abstract: After a short sketch of the history of modern business schools in the German speaking countries, their four major activity fields are considered: (i) academic teaching, (ii) scientific research, (iii) consulting and (iv) executive education. While teaching was traditionally dominant, research has gained more importance in recent decades, not only in Economics but also in Management departments. With respect to consulting, we have to distinguish between consulting for governments by economists and for private companies by professors of management. Executive education is mainly a domain of management (and law) departments; economists only play a minor role in this area. We conclude with discussing some of the ethical questions with which Economics and Management departments are confronted today.
    Date: 2011–03

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