Good practices applied to research management at top ranking universities


  • Marina Tomàs Folch Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona
  • Trinidad Mentado Labao Professor at the University of Barcelona
  • Jose María Ruíz Ruíz Universidad Complutense de Madrid



University, Organisation of research, qualitative research


This article presents some results of research (EDU2011-26437) into the relationship between various aspects of research universities (management, promotion, visibility, etc.) and research university recognition and international ranking. In relation to this investigation, this article presents several specific good practices of governance and management of common to the highest recognized universities. The five best Spanish universities in international rankings between 2003 and 2013 were evaluated, including interviews with 43 people connected with the general management of research programs and the governing teams comprised of renowned researchers and members of research teams. A qualitative analysis of information through MAXQDA leads to the several conclusions. The best-ranked universities maintained solid practices for sustaining institutional research support and established structures whose purpose is to promote research and scholarship, such as generous funding, networks of transfer, and systematic support for publication, project presentations, and the visibility of successful results.


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Author Biographies

Marina Tomàs Folch, Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona

Doctora en Filosofía y Ciencias de la Educación por la UB. Profesora del Área de Didáctica y Organización Escolar en el Departamento de Pedagogía Aplicada de la Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona. Ha dirigido diversas investigaciones (I+D) vinculadas con temas de cultura organizacional en la universidad y los procesos de cambio. También ha dirigido otras investigaciones relacionadas con el liderazgo, la participación, la toma de decisiones y el género en la universidad. 

Trinidad Mentado Labao, Professor at the University of Barcelona

Department of Didactics and Educational Organization

Jose María Ruíz Ruíz, Universidad Complutense de Madrid

Doctor por la Universidad de Oviedo. Profesor Honorífico UNSM de Lima, Perú. Titular de Universidad Complutense en la Facultad de Educación, dónde ha dirigido varios proyectos de investigación e innovación sobre estrategias y técnicas de evaluación como el Uso de las redes sociales y las herramientas de Acceso Libre.  



How to Cite

Tomàs Folch, M., Mentado Labao, T., & Ruíz Ruíz, J. M. (2015). Good practices applied to research management at top ranking universities. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 23, 105.




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