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One size does not fit all: the influence of individual and contextual factors on research excellence in academia

Carli, Giacomo; Tagliaventi, Maria Rita and Cutolo, Donato (2018). One size does not fit all: the influence of individual and contextual factors on research excellence in academia. Studies in Higher Education (Early Access).

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Research excellence has been the main thrust of higher education reforms in several countries, but its translation into coherent policies has proved to be controversial. Literature has delved into the role exerted by contextual factors and individual characteristics in the adoption of behaviours inspired by social values. Our study aims at investigating the effect of individual and contextual features and their interplay in the quest for research excellence. We formulate and test hypotheses on a dataset collecting the publication records of the population of 4,510 Italian academics in business and management and in architecture in the 2004–2013 period. Findings disclose that, alongside previous achievements, research-oriented settings favour research excellence. In addition, we show that a research-oriented context enhances the publication record of academics without highly ranked publications, whereas it slightly reduces the productivity of outstanding academics. Implications for public policy, especially in terms of performance measurement systems, are presented.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2018 Society for Research into Higher Education
ISSN: 0307-5079
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Università e Professione1757Italian National Agency for the Evaluation of the University System and of Research (ANVUR)
Keywords: research excellence; performance measurement; publications; university; higher education
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) > Business > Department for Strategy and Marketing
Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) > Business
Faculty of Business and Law (FBL)
Item ID: 54446
Depositing User: Giacomo Carli
Date Deposited: 19 Apr 2018 10:17
Last Modified: 26 Oct 2019 14:29
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