Title: A research strategy formulation for innovative Greek universities

Authors: Christina Besta, Nikolaos Georgiadis, Vicky Manthou, Maro Vlachopoulou

Addresses: Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. ' Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. ' Department of Applied Informatics, University of Macedonia, 156 Egnatia Str, 54006 Thessaloniki, Greece. ' Department of Applied Informatics, University of Macedonia, 156 Egnatia Str, 54006 Thessaloniki, Greece

Abstract: The university is considered a participative organisation from its constitution. Thus, it can support, help and formulate an effective working environment for its academic staff. The work of academic researchers is based on the quality and quantity of their own research production. Universities today function in a competitive global environment. Applied research is closely connected to technology transfer activities which link universities with private enterprises. Innovation and scientific networking are quite important issues that are embodied in their new role. Consequently, a university|s strategy has to answer to new challenges. Greek universities do not constitute cohesive and continuous processes for research strategy formulation. Their attempts are sporadic and have not led to strategic plan implementation. In this paper, the critical factors that affect the university|s internal environment are first identified, focusing on the innovative environment. Based on these factors, a research strategy for innovative Greek universities is suggested.

Keywords: research strategy; formulation strategy; university studies; performance indicators; innovation environment; higher education; Greece; critical factors.

DOI: 10.1504/IJBEX.2009.024451

International Journal of Business Excellence, 2009 Vol.2 No.3/4, pp.330 - 345

Available online: 04 Apr 2009 *

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