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There is a large literature on the productivity of universities. Little is known, however, about how different types of leader affect a university s later performance. By constructing a new longitudinal data set, I provide evidence that the research quality of a university improves after it appoints a president (vice chancellor) who is an accomplished scholar. The findings have policy implications for governments, universities, and a range of research and knowledge-intensive organizations.


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Goodall, A.H. (2008). Highly cited leaders and the performance of research universities [Electronic version]. Retrieved [insert date], from Cornell University, School of Industrial and Labor Relations site:

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Published by the Cornell Higher Education Research Institute, Cornell University.