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Managing individual research productivity in academic organizations: A review of the evidence and a path forward

Olga Ryazanova and Jolanta Jaskiene

Research Policy, 2022, vol. 51, issue 2

Abstract: The management of research productivity is central to university governance and drives a broad range of decisions, including those on hiring, promotion and funding allocation. Policymakers and academic leaders responsible for improving their institutions’ research performance need an evidence-based understanding of the organizational factors that can be managed in pursuit of better publication outcomes. Our paper reviews the empirical evidence on the drivers of research productivity that can be actively managed by organizations and policymakers. Such drivers include organizational structures, research culture, features of task environment for academic work, and resource allocation. To advance the state of science in research productivity literature, we then analyze assumptions and highlight mechanisms that need to be explored in order to improve theoretical and methodological state of the field. We suggest directions for future research with the aim to create a deeper and more cohesive body of knowledge on how organizations, funding bodies, and government agencies can influence scientific performance at the individual level. To advance the practice of research management, we offer a rigorous synthesis of existing empirical evidence that can help academic leaders in supporting and developing faculty research productivity within their institutions.

Keywords: Research productivity; Higher education; Research institutions; Evidence-based management (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I23 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2022
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DOI: 10.1016/j.respol.2021.104448

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