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Sustainability 2017, 9(11), 1952; doi:10.3390/su9111952

Sustainability in Chinese Higher Educational Institutions’ Social Science Research: A Performance Interface toward Efficiency

Department of Economics and Management, Southeast University, Nanjing 210096, China
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Received: 18 September 2017 / Revised: 23 October 2017 / Accepted: 25 October 2017 / Published: 26 October 2017
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Abstract

Sustainability issues in higher educational institutions’ (HEIs) research, especially in the social science field, have attracted increasing levels of attention in higher education administration in recent decades as HEIs are confronted with a growing pressure worldwide to increase the efficiency of their research activities under a limited volume and relatively equitable division of public funding resources. This paper introduces a theoretical analysis framework based on a data envelopment analysis, separating the social science research process into a foundation stage and a construction stage, and then projecting each HEI into certain quadrants to form several clusters according to their overall and stage efficiencies and corresponding Malmquist Productivity Indices. Furthermore, the interfaces are formed in each cluster as feasible potential improvement directions. The empirical results in detail are demonstrated from a data set of Chinese HEIs in Jiangsu Province over the Twelfth Five-Year period as offering a closer approximation to the “China social science research best practice”. View Full-Text
Keywords: interface; social science research; higher educational institutions; performance; data envelopment analysis interface; social science research; higher educational institutions; performance; data envelopment analysis
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Wang, X.; Hu, H. Sustainability in Chinese Higher Educational Institutions’ Social Science Research: A Performance Interface toward Efficiency. Sustainability 2017, 9, 1952.

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