Call for Submissions: XVI International Triple Helix Conference 2018

The XVI International Triple Helix Conference invites proposals for oral presentations, special panel sessions, and posters. The conference will be held in Manchester (UK) on September 5-8 2018. The main theme is “The Triple Helix and Beyond – a New Era”. The conference includes topics such as geographical and sectoral dimensions of the triple helix, policy and governance of the triple helix, the triple helix in transition and emerging economies, socially responsible innovation and the quadruple helix, micro foundations of the triple helix: New actors, relationships, and business models.

Submission deadline is on Friday 2nd March 2018, decisions will be available in April 2018. Find the full call for submissions here.

Paper published: University boards between representation and outcome orientation

The German management journal BFUP – Betriebswirtschaftliche Forschung und Praxis published our qualitative study on university governance. The paper details several mediating tactics of university leaders trying to balance competing and contradictory claims of different stakeholders. Here’s the abstract in English: A central aim of reform aspirations in the higher education sector is to strengthen universities’ capacity to act strategically. BFuP - Betriebswirtschaftliche Forschung und PraxisUniversities receive more institutional autonomy, but have to operationalize and quantify their strategies in target agreements with their federal states. For that reason, many Landeshochschulgesetze (LHG) provide increased control power for the top management of universities. At the same time participative rights of decision for the different academic committees are an integral part of the LHG. Thus, different and contradictory leadership requirements coexist. These contradictory leadership requirements impair top managements’ ability to act strategically. The aim of this article is, firstly, to analyze these contradictions and, secondly, to work out which room for maneuver exists for the governance in universities and how it can be used. We use qualitative Interviews with university top management members to illustrate which tactics they can use to mediate between the contradictory leadership requirements in order to implement strategies.

Access the study here: Woiwode, H., Frost, J. & Hattke, F. (2017): Hochschulleitungen zwischen Repräsentation und Ergebnisorientierung – Handlungs(un)fähigkeiten und Vermittlungstaktiken. In: BFuP – Betriebswirtschaftliche Forschung und Praxis 69(6), 633-652.

Paper published: Use of Performance Information in Academic Research

Our study “How is the Use of Performance Information Related to Performance of Public Sector Professionals? Evidence from the Field of Academic Research” has just been published in Public Performance & Management Review. In the article, we assert that there is inconclusive evidence as to how performance management is actually related to performance, particularly in subfields of the public sector where professional work prevails. We propose that the association between the use of performance information and performance of public sector professionals varies with the targets of management control. We test our hypotheses in the field of academic research, a prime example of professionalism in the public sector. The overall results of an online survey with 1,976 observations suggest that performance management is positively related to publication performance when performance information is used for the control of input targets. In contrast, we find negative associations of performance information with performance when used to control output targets. Public managers in professional fields should consider these countervailing relationships when they compose and use control systems.

Access the study here: Vogel, R. & Hattke, F. (2017): How Is the Use of Performance Information Related to Performance of Public Sector Professionals? Evidence from the Field of Academic Research. In: Public Performance & Management Review, 1-26.

CfP: Annual workshop WK HSM

Attached, you’ll find the call for papers for the upcoming workshop of the VHB WK HSM. Prof. Dr. Joachim Prinz and his team will welcome you on February 15-16, 2018 in Duisburg. The workshop covers all issues releated to higher education management, in particular pay for performance and rankings, accreditations, third party funding, career development and personnel training, quality management, peer review, and digitalization.

The deadline for short papers (max. 1000 words) is on December 23. Find the call for papers with all information here (only in German).

CfP: Higher Education in Modern Ecosystems: Efficiency, Society and Policies

The University of Augsburg in Germany invites us to a cutting-edge conference on Higher Education in Modern Ecosystems: Efficiency, Society and Policies. Keynote Speakers will be Tommaso Agasisti (Politecnico Milano, Italy), Stefano Paleari (University of Bergamo, Italy) and Berthold U. Wigger (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany). Please read the full CfP here.

Farewell Hendrik, Isabel, and Jessica

A little more than three years ago, we’ve started the IndiKon. As the generous funding from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) for our project terminates this October, some of our colleagues in Hamburg and Friedrichshafen move on to new professional challenges. After obtaining her PhD, Jessica leaves for the university hospital in Kiel. Hendrik continues his research at the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung (WZB). And Isabel works at the Chair of Management, especially Strategy and Leadership at Constance University.

It’s been a wonderful time with you and we wish you all the best in your future endeavors!

Paper published: Journal Rankings in Management and Business Studies

“What rules do we play by?” is the question we’ve followed in our bibliometric study which has just been published in the renowned journal Research Policy. Given the growing importance of journal rankings in academic performance management, it is relevant to researchers and managers alike whether there are certain characteristics of publications that are more prevalent the higher a journal is ranked. Our paper examines how tangible and adaptable characteristics of papers vary between different rating categories of journals and what the drivers of publication in journals at the top of rankings are. We build on a bibliometric analysis of more than 85,000 papers published in 168 management and business journals as rated in 18 popular journal rankings. Results refute some often repeated but rarely substantiated criticisms of journal rankings. Contrary to many voices, we find that interdisciplinarity and innovativeness are positively associated with publication in highly ranked journals. In other respects, our results support more critical assumptions, such as a widespread preference for quantitative methods. By providing more evidence on the implicit standards of journal rankings, this study expands on the understanding of what intended or unintended incentives they provide and how to use them responsibly.

Access the study here: Vogel, R., Hattke, F. & Petersen, J. (2017): Journal Rankings in Management and Business Studies: What Rules Do We Play By? In: Research Policy 45(10), 1707-1722.

Congratulations Dr. Jessica Petersen!!!

We are very happy to anounce that IndiKon team member Jessica Petersen successfully completed her PhD thesis with the defense.  The Hamburg-based IndiKon team members and other colleagues enjoyed an amazing and very interesting presentation about “Evaluation of innovation performance in research: Between output and peer control”.  Jessica even inspired the part of the audience that was not connected to the research topic before.

Congratulations and all the best for the future career, Jessica!!!

11th International Research Workshop: Methods for PhD

Last call for applications for the 11th International Research Workshop “Methods for PhD” in Flensburg/Sankelmark (Germany) and Kolding (Denmark). The workshop takes place on September 10-15 and offers a wide range of courses, among them grounded theory, panel data analyses, statistical analyses with R, and academic writing. Find the full program and contact information here or on this weblog.

Paper published: How innovative are editors?

The results of an international web-based survey on journal editors in four disciplines were published in Research Evaluation. The article is titled “How innovative are editors?: evidence across journals and disciplines”. Journal editors play a crucial role in the scientific publication system, as they make the final decision on acceptance or rejection of manuscripts. Some critics, however, suspect that the more innovative a manuscript is, the less likely it will be accepted for publication. Especially top-tier journals are accused of rejecting innovative research. As evidence is only anecdotal, this article empirically examines the demand side for innovative research manuscripts. I assess journal editors’ innovativeness, i.e. their general predispositions for innovative research manuscripts. As antecedents to innovativeness, personal and contextual factors are taken into account. I differentiate the concept of innovativeness in research by distinguishing three dimensions: innovativeness in terms of research problems, theoretical approaches, and methodological approaches. Drawing on an international web-based survey, this study is based on responses of 866 journal editors. The article sheds light on editors’ inclination toward accepting different forms of innovative research for publication. Overall, findings indicate that individual characteristics, such as editorial risk-taking or long-term orientation, are more decisive than journal-related characteristics regarding innovativeness. However, editors of older journals turn out to be less open toward new research problems and a u-shaped relationship between a journal’s rating score and editor’s willingness to adopt new theoretical approaches exists. Most surprisingly, editors’ consensus orientation regarding reviewer recommendations is positively associated with methodological innovativeness.

Access the study here: Petersen, J. (2017). How innovative are editors?: evidence across journals and disciplines. Research Evaluation, 26(3), 256-268.

The Science of Academic Success

I just came across this beautiful website on which Northeastern University’s Barabasi Lab created an interactive visualization of Roberta Sinatra and colleagues’ paper “Quantifying the Evolution of Individual Scientific Impact”. The paper argues that scientists’ most impactful publications (as measured by citations) could occur at any point in their career. The authors base their argument on a large-scale bibliographic dataset containing publications of more than 10,000 scientists in different disciplines.





The visualization looks like a life-line for an individual scientist’s work (picture on the left) or an ocean with wave peaks and valleys for whole disciplines (picture on the right). It is striking how the overall disciplinary patterns look very similar – at least when they are corrected for absolute citation counts. The authors found that impact is randomly distributed within a scientist’s career. So, if you haven’t published an impactful paper yet, don’t give up – it might just be the next one.

Find the article here: Sinatra, R., Wang, D., Deville, P., Song, C., & Barabási, A. L. (2016). Quantifying the evolution of individual scientific impact. Science, 354(6312), aaf5239.

Pictures are screenshots from the website:

There’s also a short clip about the project on youtube:

Workshop: Quantitative Methods in Higher Education Research

The LEAD Graduate School & Research Network at Eberhard Karls University Tübingen (Nicole Tieben) and the Division of Empirical Educational and Higher Education Research at the Freie Universität Berlin (Martin Neugebauer) invite interested higher education researchers to apply for a two-day workshop in propensity score matching and event history modeling in higher education research.

The workshop takes place on 14-15 September 2017 at the Free University Berlin. The application deadline is July 27th, 2017. The workshop is funded by the BMBF. Visit the hompage for more information.

Paper published: Editorial governance and journal impact

Scientometrics published our article Editorial governance and journal impact: a study of management and business journals. It examines how characteristics of editors, in particular the diversity of editorial teams, are related to journal impact. Our sample comprises 2244 editors who were affiliated with 645 volumes of 138 business and management journals. Results show that multiple editorships and editors’ affiliation to institutions of high reputation are positively related to journal impact, while the length of editors’ terms is negatively associated with impact scores. Surprisingly, we find that diversity of editorial teams in terms of gender and nationality is largely unrelated to journal impact. Our study extends the scarce knowledge on editorial teams and their relevance to journal impact by integrating different strands of literature and studying several demographic factors simultaneously.

Access the study here: Petersen, J., Hattke, F. & Vogel, R. (2017): Editorial governance and journal impact: a study of management and business journals. Scientometrics (online first).

Job openings @ WHU Vienna

The Institute for Higher Education Management at the Vienna University of Economics and Business (Prof. Dr. Barbara Sporn) is currently inviting applications for a fulltime Assistant Professor, non-tenure track position (post-doc) or two 30 hours/week Teaching and Research Associate positions (pre-doc). These employee positions will be limited to a period of 6 years, starting on June 1, 2017 (commencement date subject to change).

Application materials can be submitted online until May 24, 2017.

Find more information here or visit

CfP: 2017 EFMD Higher Education Research Conference

This year’s EFMD Higher Education research conference will take place on 23-24 October 2017 in Leuven, Belgium. It will be hosted by KU Leuven.

EFMD welcomes and encourages submissions of research work within the following three areas of academic enquiry:

  • Track 1: Interdisciplinarity and the challenges for governance, incentive structures, faculty management, and autonomy/organisation of business schools and HEIs in general
  • Track 2: Interdisciplinarity and its impact in management education and research
  • Track 3: Innovations in management education and research
  • EFMD-EDAMBA Track 4: We have a special EFMD-EDAMBA track for PhDs this year. EDAMBA is the European Doctoral Association in Management and Business Administration

Outline papers can be submitted until 30 April 2017.

Fur further informations take a look at the HERC2017_Call_4_Papers.

Call for applications: PhD Students at the Graduate School „Science and Society“

The Graduate School of the interdisciplinary Leibniz Center Science and Society (LCSS) at the Leibniz Universität Hannover is searching for PhD candidates who want to earn a PhD in the field of Science Studies or Higher Education Research. The Graduate School is cooperating closely with the German Centre for Higher Education Research and Science Studies (DZHW). The LCSS Graduate School invites interested candidates to apply for one of six funded PhD positions (E13 65% for 36 months). The positions start on October 1st, 2017. Deadline for applications is on June 3rd 2017. For more information, see the call for applications in German or the call for applications in English.

Cfp – Annual Consortium of Higher Education Researchers

Dear all

Please find attached a quite interesting CfP organised by the Higher Education Studies Team (HIEST) at the Finnish Institute for Educational Research in cooperation with CHER.

The topic is on universities as political institution – HEIs in the middle of academic, economic and social pressures. The conference will focus on multiple and often complex relations and relationships internal and external to higher education institutions.The conference aims to open up fresh perspectives to HEIs as political institutions consisting of a variety of conflicting definitions and practices on how to organise, plan, and implement academic and managerial decisions and processes.

The conference tracks will include the following: academic work and workers; leadership and management; teaching and learning; students – admission, experience and outcomes; HEIs in society.

Abstract submission and more information on the conference website
The call for proposals is open now, deadline is March 17th.

Summer School on Higher Education

Dear PhD colleagues,

please find attached relevant information on a new relaunched summer school that will take place at the university of Jyväskylä in Finland!
The theme of this year summer school is research ethics and researchers’ social responsibility, understood in the broadest sense. The summer school addresses the big decisions faced by all PhD students in the course of their PhD: how to plan, execute and follow through a research project in an ethical manner.
The summer school provides PhD students an opportunity to present and get feedback on their own research as well as to meet senior researchers and other PhD students from the field of higher education research. The format of the summer school is based on students presenting their own papers, commenting on papers by other students and receiving feedback also from senior colleagues.

The deadline for the applications is 31st March 2017
Applicants will be notified of acceptance by 2nd of May 2017
The participants are asked to submit the full papers (3-5 pages) by 1st of August 2017
Time: 30th – 31st of August, 2017

For further information, please follow the link