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Assessing the legitimacy of HEIs’ contributions to society: The perspective of international rankings

Claudia Urdari ( EDC Paris Business School , Courbevoie, France)
Teodora Viorica Farcas (Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Babes-Bolyai University , Cluj-Napoca, Romania)
Adriana Tiron-Tudor (Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Babes-Bolyai University , Cluj-Napoca, Romania)

Sustainability Accounting, Management and Policy Journal

ISSN: 2040-8021

Article publication date: 2 May 2017

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Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to inquire about the types of measurements used by international university rankings and their connection to the higher education institutions’ (HEIs) third mission activities, namely, the contribution to society.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper is based on a review of literature and content analysis of nine international rankings.

Findings

This empirical study corroborates that rankings focus on teaching and research activities but rarely measure the HEIs’ connection to practice.

Originality/value

As the measurements used by international university rankings are claimed to have a huge impact on the structuring of the academic environment, this paper shows that international rankings fail to measure the HEIs’ success in developing third mission activities.

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Citation

Urdari, C., Farcas, T.V. and Tiron-Tudor, A. (2017), "Assessing the legitimacy of HEIs’ contributions to society: The perspective of international rankings", Sustainability Accounting, Management and Policy Journal, Vol. 8 No. 2, pp. 191-215. https://doi.org/10.1108/SAMPJ-12-2015-0108

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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