Performance measurements have made their entry into the world of universities. Every research activity is registered in a database and the output measures form the foundation for managerial decisions. The purpose of this chapter is to investigate the registration practices among researchers and to discuss how decision makers at all levels of the university hierarchy translate the registrations as a basis for the decision-making process. We ask the following questions: What are the registration practices among researchers and what are their incentives for registration/non-registration? What are the registrations used for and how are they translated up through the university hierarchy? To address these questions, we report on findings from an empirical study of the research registration practices at a Danish university. Our findings provide evidence of how, on the one hand, the researchers perceive the registrations as a way to be promoted and to legitimise and account for their work; on the other hand, the economic incentives behind ranking lists and bibliographic research indicators threaten the individual researcher's freedom. The findings also show how managers have difficulties in translating back to the initial registration inscriptions and thus make decisions based on aggregated data that have been cut off from the original phenomena.
universiteter; Oversættelse; Performance measurement; universities; research activities; translation