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Metabolism of Public Research Organizations: How Do Laboratories Consume State Subsidies?

Mario Coccia ()
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Mario Coccia: CNR – National Research Council of Italy

Public Organization Review, 2019, vol. 19, issue 4, 473-491

Abstract: Abstract The goal of this study is to suggest a new approach, called metabolism of research organizations, which analyzes how labs consume public funding to manage their structures. A case study of one of the biggest European public research organizations reveals that public funding for research is mainly used for the cost of personnel, which has a growth rate higher than revenue (state subsidy and public contracts over time). This imbalance of growth rates within public research body under study seems to be a source of organizational inefficiencies. This new approach can support best practices of R&D management.

Keywords: Research laboratories; Research organizations; R&D investments; Research funding; Research sector; Cost analysis; Cost of personnel; Economics of science; State subsidy; Metabolism; R&D management (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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DOI: 10.1007/s11115-018-0421-y

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