Author Archives: Fabian Hattke

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 www.wu.ac.at/jobs.

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.

Program and Registration: Workshop Higher Education Management

The scientific commission higher education management (WK HSM) has released the program of this year’s annual workshop. The main theme is about third party funding. Other topics include performance management, young scholars, and university governance. Our team contributes two papers to the workshop. Isabel Boegner’s paper on socialization of doctoral students and Rick’s and mine on performance indicators in academia. Follow the links to find the full program and registration form.

CfP: WK Higher Education Management @ HSU

We’re co-hosting the upcoming conference of the Scientific Commission Higher Education Management (Wissenschaftliche Kommission Hochschulmanagement im VHB) on February 21-22, 2017 at the HSU Helmut Schmidt University in Hamburg.

Abstracts (max. 1000 words excluding references) of articles dealing with the management of higher education institutions can be submitted until December 23rd 2016. The main topic is “Third party funding in higher education”. But there is also the possibility to submit papers in other areas of interest, among them:

  • New forms of governance of universities
  • Measurability of research performance
  • Open access, social media, and ctizen science
  • Peer evaluation, performance indicators, and rankings
  • Autonomy of science

For further information see the call for papers (only in German).

Publiction bias in the social sciences

I know, publication bias is not a new topic but it is still of high relevance. I found some very interesting results in a study from Annie Franco, Neil Malhotra, Gabor Simonovits published in Science (19 Sep 2014, Vol. 345, Issue 6203, pp. 1502-1505): Publication bias in the social sciences: Unlocking the file drawer. According to the authors, “only 10 out of 48 null results were published, whereas 56 out of 91 studies with strongly significant results made it into a journal.” The following figure summarizes the results:

null-results

The pattern is quite remarkable. The majority of evidence that does not support any hypothesized relationship is not even written-up in the first place. So there’s reason for doubt that special platforms or journals who publish papers with contrary findings – as it is regularly discussed for overcoming publication bias – will significantly increase the number of null results published.

Job opening: Research associate (PhD student) at University of Hamburg

The Chair of Organization and Management at the University of Hamburg invites applications for a Research Associate (PhD student). Our new team member commences his/her studies in our reesearch project IndiKon and continues after approximately one year in a state-funded position as a lecturer with teaching responsibilities. The position is initially fixed for three years and remunerated at the salary level TV-L 13 and calls for 75% of standard work hours per week.

Core research areas are: organization theory, public sector professionals, organizational rules, behavioral decision theory. The position commences on 1 October 2016 or at the earliest possible date. If you are interested, please send your applications by August 31 2016. You will find additional information and contact details here: Information in English / Information in German.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me. Looking forward to hearing from you!

Book published: Multi-Level Governance of Universities

Governing universities is a multi-level as well as a highly paradoxical endeavor. The featured studies in this book examine critically the multifaceted repercussions of changing governance logics and how contradictory demands for scholarly peer control, market responsiveness, public policy control, and democratization create governance paradoxes. While a large body of Cover MGiUacademic literature has been focusing on the external governance of universities, this book shifts the focus on organizations’ internal characteristics, thus contributing to a deeper understanding of the changing governance in universities.

The book follows exigent calls for getting back to the heart of organization theory when studying organizational change and turns attention to strategies, structures, and control mechanisms as distinctive but interrelated elements of organizational designs. We take a multi-level approach to explore how universities develop strategies in order to cope with changes in their institutional environment (macro level), how universities implement these strategies in their structures and processes (meso level), and how universities design mechanisms to control the behavior of their members (micro level). As universities are highly complex knowledge-based organizations, their modus operandi, i.e. governing strategies, structures, and controls, needs to be responsive to the multiplicity of demands coming from both inside and outside the organization.

Volume 47 of Springer’s Higher Education Dynamics Series advances higher education research by gathering distinguished scholars with an academic background in management and organization studies and a research interest in the dynamics of university governance. Among them are JC Spender, Mats Alvesson, Alfred Kieser, and many more.

Follow these links to find the full table of contents, to order the book or to access single chapters.

Spurious Correlations

As empirical social scientists, we are always looking for relationships between different phenomena. However, we need to be very careful which variables we include in our empirical models. For example, Spector and Brannick (2011) point out that common control variables (e.g., age or size of an organization) are often rather included because of “methodological urban legends” than for theoretical reasons. Therefore, many significant findings denote unobserved relationships or just correlate by chance.

I just came across a website which collects spurious correlations – just in case anyone needs further arguments, why a relationship should be established conceptually first.

Source: Spector, P. E., & Brannick, M. T. (2011). Methodological urban legends: The misuse of statistical control variables. Organizational Research Methods.

CfP: 2016 Technology Transfer Society (T2S) Conference

The 2016 Technology Transfer Society (T2S) Conference will be held from November 3-5, 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona. The conference theme is on Innovative Mechanisms for the Exchange of New Knowledge. Contributions may include the following areas:

  • Research Centers, Groups and Team Dynamics
  • University R&D Collaborations
  • Ethical and Normative Issues in Technology Transfer and Research Collaboration
  • Academic Entrepreneurship
  • Public Sector Entrepreneurship
  • Knowledge-based Entrepreneurship support policies and programs
  • Models of University Technology Transfer

Submission deadline for session proposals (1-2 pages) or research abstracts (300-500 words) is on July 1, 2016. Find more information on the conference website.

CfP: 2016 EFMD Higher Education Research Conference

This year’s EFMD Higher Education Research Conference will take place at IESE Business School Barcelona on October 10-11, 2016. The main focus is on “Innovation in Higher Education” and the organizing committee invites submissions to the following areas: (1) Innovations in forms of governance, management and organisation of higher education institutions, (2) Innovations in education, or (3) Innovations in research.

Submissions deadline for outline papers (2,000 words) or full papers is on May 27, 2016. For further information read the full call for papers or visit the conference website.

IndiKon on Tour: Workshop on Scientists’ Careers @ Kassel

The Economic Policy Research Group and the INCHER Kassel are hosting a workshop on “Scientists’ Careers Inside and Outside the University”. It takes place on June 27-28 2016 at the Science Park of the University of Kassel. The workshop brings together international scholars with a research interest in academic personnel development. I’ll present results from a survey, asking “How important is the junior professorship? Self-reported success factors of academic careers in four scientific fields”. Attendance to the workshop is free. Click here for more information.

IndiKon @ IRSPM in Hong Kong

We’ve presented our study on “Performance Indicators in Academic Research”, asking “Do they Improve Performance?” at the 20th Annual Conference of the International Research Society for Public Management in Hong Kong. We had the chance to discuss our study in a PMRA-sponsored panel. Our empirical findings’ implications that “after a thorough selection of researchers, the best way to enhance academic performance is to grant them autonomy and to govern them by expertise rather than by performance appraisals” activated great consent. Besides the conference, the journey was an intense and enriching cultural experience. We’re looking forward to next year’s conference in Budapest.

International Science 2.0 Conference at Cologne

The digitalization of science or “Science 2.0” is a major topic for higher education institutions. The Science 2.0 Conference provides a unique networking platform bringing together various stakeholder groups affected by the digitization of science. This year’s conference is hosted at Cologne and will take place on May 3-4 with a preconference on May 2nd. The focus will be the discovery of European Open Science Cloud. The International Science 2.0 Conference and EEXCESS Final Conference is a joint venture of ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics, Goportis – Leibniz Library Network for Research Information, Leibniz Research Alliance Science 2.0 and the EEXCESS project. Find the programme here:

Programme

Preliminary Program of the 18th Workshop Higher Education Management

We’ve recieved great submissions to our call for papers for the 18th Workshop of the Scientific Commission Higher Education Management (Wissenschaftliche Kommission Hochschulmanagement im VHB). See the preliminary program here.

If you want to join the workshop, you’re heavily invited to contact us (please use this form).

It is a tradition on this blog to prepare a wordcloud from accepted abstracts if we host a conference. So here we go again: Abstracts-WK-HSM

Systematic copyright violations to boost academic profiles?

As reported by the Korea Harold, South Korea is facing academic scandal. Prosecutors suspect 200 professors and several employees from academic publishers to be involved in a huge copyright-violation complot. Professors allegedly changed the covers of existing books which were authored by other scholars and published them in their own names. Most original authors seem to have had no idea what was going on, others are accused of having particpated in the fraud for financial compensations. Investigations suggest that scholars tried to boost their academic profiles ahead of rehiring assessments.

If accusations turn out to be true, it would raise serious concerns about the certain quality control mechanisms in scholarly publishing and HRM practices. It also seems to provide a rich case for studying the dynamics of corruption in academia.

CfP: Special Issue on ‘Theories from the Lab’ in JMS

The Journal of Management Studies (JMS) has issued a call for paper on “‘Theories from the Lab’: How Research on Science Commercialization can Contribute to Management Studies.” The special issue points to an important origin of the scientific knowledge and technology being commercialized – the research laboratory. And it connotes our belief that the science commercialization context can serve as a laboratory for researchers seeking to advance our understanding of key issues in management and organization studies.

The special issue will be edited by Riccardo Fini (University of Bologna, Italy), Einar Rasmussen (University of Nordland Business School, Norway), Johan Wiklund (Syracuse University, USA), and Mike Wright (Imperial College Business School London, UK). Deadline for manuscript submission is 30th September 2016. Find the full call for papers here.