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Polarization of the Swedish University Sector Structural Characteristics and Positioning

Daniel Ljungberg, Mattias Johansson and Maureen McKelvey

No 08-02, DRUID Working Papers from DRUID, Copenhagen Business School, Department of Industrial Economics and Strategy/Aalborg University, Department of Business Studies

Abstract: Universities have increasingly been facing a focus on competition for research resources, not the least for external funding. This paper studies structural characteristics of the Swedish university sector and these characteristics relation to the propensity of universities to attract external research funding. The findings show a clear polarization of the sector into ‘Larger research and teaching intensive’ universities, accessing the lion’s share of external research funding, and ‘Smaller education dependent’ higher education institutions. Following from this, the paper discusses specialization and division of labor among universities, in relation to the ability to gain critical mass and excellence in research.

JEL-codes: I28 O32 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2008
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cse, nep-edu, nep-ipr, nep-pr~ and nep-sog
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