Isabel Bögner received the best paper award of the 19th Workshop Scientific Commission Higher Education Management, which took place on 21.& 22. February 2016 at the Helmut Schmidt University Hamburg. The paper with the title “Research puppies (un)chained – How the socialization of doctoral students contributes to the institutional stability of output-related performance indicators in academia.” illustrates how the relevance of output-related performance indicators influences the behavior of and cognitions of doctoral students and how these behaviors and cognitions in turn lead to the institutional stability of output-related performance indicators in academia. The award ceremony was the ending of an interesting and inspiring workshop.
Peer review is the central mechanism to verify the quality of scientific manuscripts. According to the internet platform SciRev, peer review processes are often lengthy, which delays the distribution of valuable, novel knowledge within the scientific community. To streamline this phase in scientfic knowledge dissemination, SciRev aims to increase transparency of scientific review processes across journals. Therefore, researchers are invited to evaluate their review experience with a journal based on various characteristics, such as duration of review rounds or rejection time or overall satisfaction with the review process. The information provided is aggregated into scores, which feed into a comprehensive database, so that journals become comparable.
Ultimately, researchers can search for journals with an efficient peer review procedure and benefit from timely publication while journal editors have the opportunity to compare their journal’s performance with that of others.
Check out the website to contribute to the database or benefit from your peers’ journal review experiences.
From 23-24 October this year’s EFMD Higher Education Research Conference will take place in Leuven, Belgium.The conference will focus on “Impact and interdisciplinarity in management education and research”.
The three tracks of the conference will be:
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.
Outline papers of around 2000 words dealing with the conferences topics can be submitted until 30 April 2017. Further information can be found in the Call for papers.
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.
Together with other selected contributions from the last workshop higher education management, the German journal “Hochschulmanagement” (higher education management) published our paper “Open post-publication-peer-review: an alternative to double-blind reviews in academic journals?”.
The study contributes to the discussion about alternative forms of scientific communication by evaluating the actual dissemination as well as the potential use of open post-publication-peer-review (OPR). The study is based on survey data with a sample of 2.800 authors of academic papers. Results show that only one third of respondents believe that OPR is useful for enhancing the operative reliability of review processes. The advantages of OPR discussed in the literature are only relevant for the general willingness of authors to publish with OPR in principal. However, when it comes to actual publication decisions (open vs. blind peer review), these potential advantages are only of minor importance for the selection of an appropriate journal (with the exception of heterodox research which indeed seems to benefit from OPR). Instead, the choice between the different channels of scientific communication is based on institutionalized aspects (legitimacy, quality, design of the systems) and behavioral considerations (expected negative group dynamics and increased workload of OPR). Within the limitations of our dataset, we conclude that the current potential of OPR to solve the problems of traditional double-blind proesses is limited.
Bögner, I. & Hattke, F. (2016): Open Post-Publication-Peer-Review: Eine Alternative zur doppelt-blinden Begutachtung in Fachzeitschriften? In: HM – Hochschulmanagement 11(3), 69-74.
On the 25th & 26th of January 2017 the conference „Leistungsbewertung in der Wissenschaft – Perspektiven aus Forschung, Praxis und Politik“ takes place at the Vorhoelzer Forum of the TU Munich.
Participants of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research funding line „Leistungsbewertung in der Wissenschaft“ will present results of their research projects. Scholars who are not part of the funding line can also submit presentations about research on topics like performance indicators, or digitalization and performance measurement. Keynotes will be held by Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Bruno Frey, Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Margit Osterloh, Prof. Dr. Stefan Kühl, Dr. Ulrich Schreiterer and Prof. Dr. Birgitta Wolff.
Abstracts (max. 1000 words) can be submitted until December 9th to firstname.lastname@example.org. For further informations take a look at the call for papers.
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).
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:
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.
The topic of this year’s EFMD Higher Education Research Conference was ‘Innovations in Higher Education’ – the focus was on innovations in forms of governance, management and organisation of higher education institutions and business schools, innovations in education and innovations in research.
The conference took place in Barcelona from 10 – 11 October 2016 and was hosted by the IESE Business School, University of Navarra, on the edge of the beautiful Barcelona. It was the fifth such conference since the beginning in 2012. Presentations span a range of research problems, all addressing in a way the topic of innovation, from different (disciplinary) perspectives and/ or in different research contexts, which raised lively discussions. Interesting keynotes coplemented the conference, e.g., by Della Bradshaw, former business education editor of the Financial Times and one of the architects of the Financial Times 45 list (since 2016 Financial Times 50 list), with her keynote on “What has management education achieved in the last twenty years? What is the future holding for business schools?”.
For more information on next year’s EFMD Higher Education Research Conference, please have a look here.
The closing conference of the program “Performances de la recherche en sciences humaines et sociales” takes place at the University of Bern from 3 – 4 November 2016.
The conference addresses topics such as impact and quality in research in the humanities and the social sciences, excellence in research and societal usefulness, conveying quality of research in political areas and preserving diversity of research in times of excellence categories and rankings. The closing conference presents the results of the program and opens the discussion. It is the conference’s aim to bring together researchers, project leaders and important stakeholders of the Swiss higher education landscape.
- Prof. Dr. Shalini Randeria, Rector of the Institute for Human Sciences (IWM) in Vienna and Research Director and Professor of Social Anthropology and Sociology at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID) in Geneva
- Prof. Dr. Peter Dahler-Larsen, Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen, former President of European Evaluation Society
Please find the full conference program here. Registration is possible via the website.
Rick Vogel, Fabian Hattke and Isabel Bögner attended the Academy of Management (AoM) from the 05.-09th August 2016 in Anaheim.
We were delighted to present one of our research projects “How influence tactics of reviewers affect authors’ trust and commitment to peer review “. We would like to thank all participants in the discussion for the valuable feedback we received.
This year´s conference slogan was “Making organizations more meaningful”. The theme covered a wide-ranging spectrum of theoretical perspectives and methods.
For PhD students AoM is an excellent forum to get to know many international researchers with whom one can interchange research ideas and learn about future research streams. I can definitely recommend it to young researchers!
All in all it was a great experience!
For further information please have a look at http://aom.org/annualmeeting/theme/
The 12th Annual Conference of the German Association for Higher Education Research (GfHf) has announced its call for papers. The theme of the conference is “Digitalization of universities: Research, teaching, and administration”.
The conference will take place at the German Centre for Higher Education Research and Science Studies (DZHW) in Hanover from 30 – 31 April 2017.
The conference also explicitly welcomes contributions from disciplines beyond higher education and scientific research that address research questions in the context of digitalization in higher education and science systems. Exemplary relevant research questions can be found in the full call for papers.
Abstracts (max. 1,000 words) shall be submitted until 31 October 2016.
Further information is provided in the full call for papers and on the conference homepage.
The 19th Irish Academy of Management (IAM) Conference was held at the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business in Dublin from 31 August – 2 September 2016. The main conference theme was “Re-imagining business and the role of ethics”.
The conference provided a platform for a broad range of papers and interesting plenary panels, such as the keynote presentation titled “Towards a pluriversal world of academies of management”, which was held by Professors Nic Beech and Bill Cooke who represented the British Academy of Management.
The presented conference papers were anchored in a wide range of topics, such as “Policy, Legitimacy and ideology”, “Ethics and discourse”, “Leadership and culture”, “Clusters and networks” or “Business School Education”. In the last-mentioned session, I presented my paper “How innovative are editors: Evidence across journals and disciplines”.
Attending this conference was a nice and exciting experience and provided me again with some valuable insights for my own research!
On October 14. & 15, 2016 the “Speyer Science Days 2016” (“Speyerer Wissenschaftstage 2016”) will take place at Deutsche Universität für Verwaltungswissenschaften Speyer. The theme is “Impact of science and higher education institutions”.
For further informations take a look at the Program Speyerer Wissenschaftstage (only in German).
Registration is possible until September 30 under http://tinyurl.com/spey-wiss-tage.
A colleague just sent me a link to a hilarious weblog that collects the best comments from reviewers. You might want to remember these quotes when you read your next reviews….
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!
On October 27 & 28, 2016 the “2nd Paper Development Workshop for PhD students & early career scholars in Central and Eastern Europe” will take place in Vilnius (Lithuania) . The theme is “Challenges in Managing and Organizing Processes of Change”.
The workshop is organized by EGOS, it’s journal “Organization Studies”, and the Organization & Management Theory (OMT) Division of the Academy of Management. It is free of charge.
The deadline for applications has been extended to August 31, 2016.
An application can be send to Loreta Tauginiene: email@example.com.
For further information take a look at: http://pdw.mruni.eu/
From the 13-15th July 2016 I attended the Higher Education Conference (HEC) in Amsterdam.
The topic of the HEC was the Scholarship of Learning, Teaching and Organizing. Particular purpose of this conference was to unite the macro, meso and micro levels of higher education research and to promote a more holistic perspective on higher education. This is due to the fact that universities are confronted with several developments, challenges and problems these days, such as transparency, accountability and massification, that span different levels.
Several researchers from different disciplines and countries contributed to the conference and presented interesting and challenging findings across a broad area of subthemes, covering “Academic Competencies & Identities”, “Innovation & Space”, “Internationalization & Performance” or “Evaluation & Assessment”.
I presented the paper “How innovative are editors? Evidence across journals and disciplines” and received some valuable feedback for further development.
All in all, it was an interesting conference located at a nice city. For the future, the aim is to organize a HEC every two years. Therefore, proposals and ideas for a sequel are very welcome. For more information, please have a look on the homepage.