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Competition in UK Higher Education: Applying Porter's diamond model to geography departments

Curran, P.J. (2001) Competition in UK Higher Education: Applying Porter's diamond model to geography departments Studies in Higher Education, 26, (2), pp. 223-251.

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In a linked paper (Curran, 2000) Porter's diamond model of competitive advantage was proposed as a framework with which to evaluate the research performance of departments in UK higher education institutions. This article discusses the application of this model to an initial dataset of thirty-six departmental and institutional variables (later reduced to eight) for sixty-eight departments of geography. Approximately two-thirds of the variability in the results of the 1996 research assessment exercise (RAE) was accounted for using quantitative measures, leaving approximately one-third of the variability accounted for by the judgement of the RAE panel. These quantitative and qualitative measures were used to locate departments of geography along a spectrum of development from factor-driven (similar performance to that of institution as only factor conditions in place) to investment-driven (heavy investment leading to an upgrade of factor conditions, demand conditions and departmental strategy, structure and rivalry) to innovation-driven (four corners of diamond in place leading to continuous innovation/upgrading) and finally wealth-driven (seeking advantage through accumulated wealth leading to gradual decline). The most research successful departments were those in the innovation-driven stage. UK geography was seen to have a large proportion of its departments in the investment-driven stage with several in, or moving into, the innovation-driven stage. This bodes well for the future vitality of the discipline.

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Published date: 2001

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Local EPrints ID: 16117
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/16117
ISSN: 0307-5079
PURE UUID: 4e3aedcd-62bb-42fe-94c3-08d1e79052fb

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Date deposited: 23 Jun 2005
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 16:44

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Author: P.J. Curran

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