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 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)
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