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Grade inflation in the UK's 1996 Research Assessment Exercise?

Doyle, John R. and Arthurs, A. J. 1998. Grade inflation in the UK's 1996 Research Assessment Exercise? OMEGA -The International Journal of Management Science. 26 (4) , pp. 461-465. 10.1016/S0305-0483(97)00077-7

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We examined the publishing of UK academics in the list of 20 prestigious business/management journals given by Doyle and Arthur (Omega, 1995, 23, 257–270). Comparisons were made between 1988–92 (RAE–92) and 1992–96 (RAE–96). We found that the UK increased its share of publications by about 20%. There were also 26% more staff in departments which were judged in RAE to be internationally excellent. Since these figures are in balance, at the top end of the RAE rating scale there is no evidence of grade inflation from RAE–92 to RAE–96. But because they are no better than in balance, Doyle and Arthurs argument, that the 1992 grades were already inflated, may still apply. Non-business schools in the UK also increased their share in these journals, though by only 9%. The UK seems to maintain niche positions in particular journals.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Uncontrolled Keywords: academic research; academic publications; Research Assessment Exercise; business and management studies; grade inflation
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0305-0483
Last Modified: 05 Nov 2019 03:31

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