Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to review the literature which focuses on four major higher education decision problems. These are: resource allocation; performance measurement; budgeting; and scheduling. Design/methodology/approach – Related articles appearing in the international journals from 1996 to 2005 are gathered and analyzed so that the following three questions can be answered: “What kind of decision problems were paid most attention to?”; “Were the multiple criteria decision‐making techniques prevalently adopted?”; and “What are the inadequacies of these approaches?” Findings – Based on the inadequacies, some improvements and possible future work are recommended, and a comprehensive resource allocation model is developed taking account of these factors. Finally, a new knowledge‐based goal programming technique which integrates some operations of analytic hierarchy process is proposed to tackle the model intelligently. Originality/value – Higher education has faced the problem of budget cuts or constrained budgets for the past 30 years. Managing the process of the higher education system is, therefore, a crucial and urgent task for the decision makers of universities in order to improve their performance or competitiveness.
International Journal of Educational Management – Emerald Publishing
Published: Aug 1, 2006
Keywords: Higher education; Resource allocation; Performance measurement (quality); Decision making
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