nep-sog New Economics Papers
on Sociology of Economics
Issue of 2010‒09‒11
two papers chosen by
Jonas Holmström
Swedish School of Economics and Business Administration

  1. The World Cup of Economics Journals: A Ranking by a Tournament Method By László Á. Kóczy; Martin Strobel
  2. University Research Management: An Exploratory Literature Review By Schuetzenmeister, Falk

  1. By: László Á. Kóczy (Óbuda University); Martin Strobel
    Abstract: A ranking of journals is manipulable if a particular journal's position can be improved by making additional citations to other journals. We introduce a simple ranking method that is not not manipulable and is invariant to citation intensities, journal scaling and article-splitting. The ranking of economics journals is presented and is compared to rankings by alternative methods in the recent years.
    Date: 2010
  2. By: Schuetzenmeister, Falk
    Abstract: Professional management is increasingly important for successful research at universities as well as other organizations. This exploratory review draws on different bodies of literature in order to reformulate the complex challenges of research management by applying newer organizational theory. Research management can be described as boundary work that produces couplings between science and the wider society. Because of the complexity of organized science, management is increasingly indispensable to ensure the social, cognitive, and material preconditions of research. This paper discusses different means of research management on the research group level and within university departments. Research organizations are characterized by their relative diffuse distribution of management functions over organizational levels as well as by little direct determination between organizational elements. Charismatic scientific leaders can enhance the efficiency of research organizations and projects. More recently, universities have started to create new management positions within projects and centers. Scientifically trained people are hired as specialists in research management, constituting a new professional role. In contrast to pure administration, the new research managers make decisions with reference to scientific knowledge and the societal environment of research.
    Keywords: IES, Institute of European Studies, Research Management, Higher Education, Research Organization, Organizational Theory, University Collaboration, Science Studies, Scientific Leadership, Organization of Science, Boundary Work, Professionalization
    Date: 2010–01–02

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