Achieving Public Value in Universities Through Knowledge Management: The Need of Rationalization regarding Investee Companies

Authors

  • Marco Berardi Dipartimento di Economia Aziendale
  • Andrea Ziruolo Department of Management and Business Administration, Università degli studi “G.d’Annunzio”, Pescara, Italy
  • Fabrizia Fontana Department of Management and Business Administration, Università degli studi “G.d’Annunzio”, Pescara, Italy https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0321-2474
  • Simone Cifolelli Department of Management and Business Administration, Università degli studi “G.d’Annunzio”, Pescara, Italy

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.34190/eckm.23.1.361

Keywords:

public sector, university performance, knowledge management

Abstract

International literature deeply investigates the contribution of Knowledge Management in the process of cost rationalization in public universities to achieve public value through performance management strategies.

What emerges is a literature gap in relation to specific analysis concerning the impact of the “rationalization” of the companies owned by public universities and the sustainability of the investments made in universities, especially during a “pandemic period”.

This work, through a qualitative analysis of the planning documents provided by Italian universities on the subject regarding "rationalization of investee companies", aims to highlight the contribution of knowledge management on internal planning on the rationalization processes put in place by universities with a focus on the “Accountability during emergencies”.

The analysis we conducted will show how the rationalization objective is nowadays far from being considered efficient due to a lack in "Knowledge management" approach despite a “Strictly bureaucratic” system that does not guarantee the achievement of public value and at least, contributes to the destruction of it.

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Published

2022-08-25