Although I read through the new publications every week, I have not posted on my blog for quite a while. Nonetheless, hope to resume again this week.
Let me restart by focusing on research impacts. Two weeks ago, I was lucky to visit Bologna and attend a workshop on entrepreneurship with some of the top scholars, especially in the sub-field of academic entrepreneurship – one of the ways by which research creates impacts.
Here are some of the nice articles I’ve read recently:
Becoming an academic entrepreneur: how scientists develop an entrepreneurial identity – introduces the idea of liminal venturing to explore how individuals who have established a strong identity as academic scientists develop their identities as entrepreneurs.
Managing individual research productivity in academic organizations: A review of the evidence and a path forward – a review of levers impacting research productivity including resource allocation, structural choices, organizational culture and task environment
Incentivizing Effort Allocation Through Resource Allocation: Evidence from Scientists’ Response to Changes in Funding Policy – studies the unintended impacts of policy change on research. They specifically examined how stem cell scientists in the US responded to funding restrictions in human embryonic stem cell (hESC) research. They find that this reduced these scientists’ output even in non-hESC areas, with the top scientists being most affected.
Reaching for the stars: When does basic research collaboration between firms and academic star scientists benefit firm invention performance? – explores academic stars collaborating with pharmaceutical firms. They find that the outcomes of collaborations as measured by patent citations only superior if various conditions are met – if the star scientist is dedicated to the collaboration by not having other simultaneous engagements with other firms or when the collaboration extends beyond basic research toward translational research.