Call for papers

JMG & SIW SIDREA Virtual Workshop

The dynamic environment surrounding universities, such as increasing competition, ranking systems, reduced public resources, the urgency of publishing, makes effective performance measurement systems increasingly challenging.

A wide strand of research has touched upon performance measurement system in universities and possible limitations and contractions (Dobija et al., 2019; Guthrie and Newmann, 2007; Kallio et al., 2017; ter Bogt and Scapens 2012; Vakkuri and Meklin, 2003). Furthermore, universities are engaged in the process of marketisation (Parker, 2013), where there is a growing need for measurement systems assessing research, teaching and third mission activities to inform governance bodies and support decision making. At the same time, the burden of administrative activities on researchers is always more time-consuming, requiring further effort to be evaluated as part of the overall performance.

This virtual conference aims at discussing possible threat or opportunities of performance measurement systems in universities for governance.

Topics included by this call refer, but are not limited to:

  • The use of different performance measurement systems in universities for governance issues.
  • Ambiguity in the use of qualitative and quantitative measures.
  • Feedback from measurement and reshaping universities' strategies.
  • Idiosyncrasies occurring between the use of performance measures for governance purposes at national and local level.
  • Performance measurement use and communication in universities.
  • Integrated performance measurement systems and risk management in universities.
  • The use of technologies in performance measurement systems in universities and their threats and opportunities for sounds governance.
  • The predictive capacity of performance measurement systems

The conference welcomes studies drawing on any relevant theoretical framework and employing any relevant research method, including case/field studies, surveys, archival studies, experiments and ethnographic papers, as well as strongly conceptual research.

More details on the conference are available at 

Submission Procedure for the workshop

Abstracts can be sent by email  at

The deadline for submission of abstracts is 20 September, 2020. Decision on selected papers will be communicated by 25 September 2020. Full papers should be send by 30 October 2020 by email at 

Publication opportunities

A special issue on the Journal of Management and Governance will host articles on the same themes. The closing date for submission to this special issue is 28 February, 2021.

For those interested in the Special Issue on JMG please consider the following instructions: 

Manuscripts should be submitted online. Authors' registration and access will be available at, starting from 30 November, 2020. When submitting your manuscript you will be asked to specify whether it is for a regular issue or one of the named special issues, so please select the "PMS in Universities" option. The format of the papers must follow the JMG's submission guidelines.

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. All papers will be reviewed in accordance with JMG's standard double-blind review process.

The Guest Editors welcome enquiries in advance of submission and declarations of interest. Enquiries can be sent at the attention of the Guest Editors 

Francesca Manes Rossi (, 

Riccardo Mussari ( 

Denita Cepiku (

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