The quality of doctoral degree awarding: Perspective of self-regulation mode

Birute Mikulskiene, Daiva Mazrimiene

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Abstract

The responsibility of the doctoral school to maintain a certain quality level of doctoral studies is a subject of autonomy of a higher education institution. From the perspective of research policy, autonomy could be analysed as a self-regulation mode, when fulfilment of the standards is under supervision of the self-organized body. For the process of doctoral degree awarding (DDA), peer review is used as a major formal procedure implemented via committees formed of researchers. We have analysed the practice of the DDA process in Lithuania and reconstructed the committee structure in terms of social network analysis aiming to measure impact of self-regulation on the DDA process. Empirical evidences let us discuss the hypothesis that the space completely comprised by a self-regulation mode is less competitive and has tendencies to work in a more closed environment and could be critical for peer review process and biased in favour of colleges and close partners.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - KIM 2013, Knowledge and Information Management Conference: Sustainable Quality
PublisherOperational Research Society
Pages254-266
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)0903440539
Publication statusPublished - 2013
EventKnowledge and Information Management Conference: Sustainable Quality, KIM 2013 - Meriden, United Kingdom
Duration: Jun 4 2013Jun 5 2013

Other

OtherKnowledge and Information Management Conference: Sustainable Quality, KIM 2013
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityMeriden
Period6/4/136/5/13

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Keywords

  • Doctoral degree
  • New researchers
  • Peer review
  • Quality
  • Research policy
  • Self-regulation
  • Social network analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management Information Systems
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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Mikulskiene, B., & Mazrimiene, D. (2013). The quality of doctoral degree awarding: Perspective of self-regulation mode. In Proceedings - KIM 2013, Knowledge and Information Management Conference: Sustainable Quality (pp. 254-266). Operational Research Society.