University Research Centres: Organizational Structures and Performance


  • Isabel Edith Torres Zapata Department of Accounting and Auditing, Faculty of Administration and Economy, Universidad de Santiago de Chile.



University research centres, organizational structure, STI performance, Spain


Currently, there are different types of University Research Centres (URCs) around the world. This research is focused on organizational structure and its influence on better research performance in URCs. In this case, URCs located in Aragon, Spain have been studied. A data set was extracted from their STI (Science, technology and innovation) indicators from 2000 to 2016. Using a self-built data base, constructed from reports, web pages and the university’s data set, this information was analysed using a mixed-method approach, which involves data panel analysis and case studies, as a way of determining how these institutions are organized and how these influences on their performance. As a result, those URCs which showed a complex structure emerged has the best performers. This kind of structure similar to corporate governance at URCs promote better research performance within each URC.


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Torres Zapata, I. E. (2019). University Research Centres: Organizational Structures and Performance. Journal of Technology Management & Innovation, 14(3), 23–43.



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