nep-sog New Economics Papers
on Sociology of Economics
Issue of 2020‒12‒14
three papers chosen by
Jonas Holmström
Axventure AB

  1. The Impact of Research Funding on Knowledge Creation and Dissemination: A study of SNSF Research Grants By Rachel Heyard; Hanna Hottenrott
  2. How the Publish-or-Perish Principle Divides a Science : The Case of Academic Economists By van Dalen, Hendrik Peter
  3. Faculty Research Incentives and Business School Health: A New Perspective from and for Marketing By Stremersch, S.; Winer, R.S.; Camacho, N.M.A.

  1. By: Rachel Heyard; Hanna Hottenrott
    Abstract: This study investigates the impact of competitive project-funding on researchers' publication outputs. Using detailed information on applicants at the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) and their proposals' evaluation, we employ a case-control design that accounts for individual heterogeneity of researchers and selection into treatment (e.g. funding). We estimate the impact of grant award on a set of output indicators measuring the creation of new research results (the number of peer-reviewed articles), its relevance (number of citations and relative citation ratios), as well as its accessibility and dissemination as measured by the publication of preprints and by altmetrics. The results show that the funding program facilitates the publication and dissemination of additional research amounting to about one additional article in each of the three years following the grant. The higher citation metrics and altmetrics of publications by funded researchers suggest that impact goes beyond quantity, but that funding fosters quality and impact.
    Date: 2020–11
  2. By: van Dalen, Hendrik Peter (Tilburg University, School of Economics and Management)
    Date: 2020
  3. By: Stremersch, S.; Winer, R.S.; Camacho, N.M.A.
    Abstract: Grounded in sociological agency theory, the authors study the role of the faculty research incentive system in the academic research conducted at business schools and business school health. The authors surveyed 234 marketing professors and completed 22 interviews with 14 (associate) deans and 8 external institution stakeholders. They find that research quantity contributes to the research health of the school, but not to other aspects of business school health. r-quality of research (i.e., rigor) contributes more strongly to the research health of the school than research quantity. q-quality (i.e., practical importance) of research does not contribute to the research health of the school but contributes positively to teaching health and several other dimensions of business school health. Faculty research incentives are misaligned: (1) when monitoring research faculty, the number of publications receives too much weight, while creativity, literacy, relevance, and awards receive too little weight; and (2) on average, faculty feels that they are insufficiently compensated for their research, while (associate) deans feel they are compensated too much for their research. These incentive misalignments are largest in schools that perform the worst on research (r- and q-) quality. The authors explore how business schools and faculty can remedy these misalignments.
    Keywords: business schools, marketing, academic research, research faculty, incentives, scientometrics
    Date: 2020–11–14

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