Does Management Matter in Schools
We collect data on operations, targets and human resources management practices in over 1,800 schools educating 15-year-olds in eight countries. Overall, we show that higher management quality is strongly associated with better educational outcomes. The UK, Sweden, Canada and the US obtain the highest management scores closely followed by Germany, with a gap to Italy, Brazil and then finally India. We also show that autonomous government schools (i.e. government funded but with substantial independence like UK academies and US charters) have significantly higher management scores than regular government schools and private schools. Almost half of the difference between the management scores of autonomous government schools and regular government schools is accounted for by differences in leadership of the principal and better governance.
We would like to thank the ESRC, the IGC, and the Itaú Social Foundation for financial support through the Centre for Economic Performance. Roland Fryer, Gary Chamberlain, Caroline Hoxby, Will Dobbie, Steve Machin, Sandra McNally, Martina Viarengo and participants at seminars in the AEA, Harvard, the Royal Economic Society Conference and Stanford have given helpful comments on earlier drafts. Frederic Vermeulen and two anonymous referees have given excellent advice on the paper. Our partnership with Daniela Scur has been particularly important during this project. Matilde Gawronski and Kalpesh Patil have provided excellent research assistance. The views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.
I worked for McKinsey and company as a management consultant from 2001-2002. I have not received any funding from them after that time.
I am part of the Toulouse Network for Information Technology, which carries out research on IT and productivity. From this network I receive an annual honorarium, which is funded by Microsoft.
I do occasional consulting on management practices for government and policy agencies, like the Canadian Government, the World Bank, the European Union, the British Government, and the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development.
I produced a report in 2008 for the World Economic Forum on management practices in private equity for which I received an honorarium.
I occasionally am a paid speaker at corporate events at which I discuss among other things management practices and policy uncertainty.
Nicholas Bloom & Renata Lemos & Raffaella Sadun & John Van Reenen, 2015. "Does Management Matter in schools?," Economic Journal, Royal Economic Society, vol. 0(584), pages 647-674, 05. citation courtesy of