The mobility of highly skilled employees is seen as a critical way for organizations to transfer knowledge and to improve organizational performance. Yet, the relationship between mobility and individual performance is still largely a theoretical and empirical puzzle. Integrating human capital mobility research and the economics of science literature, we argue that mobility of academics should have a positive effect on individual productivity. Additionally, we argue that this positive effect is strengthened when academics move towards better-endowed institutions. We find support for our predictions using a unique dataset of 348 academics working in biology department in the United Kingdom supplemented with qualitative evidence from a survey of the focal academic researchers.
Bibliographical notePublished online: 13. July 2018
- Academic researchers
- Organizational resources
- Scientific productivity
Tartari, V., Di Lorenzo, F., & Campbell, B. A. (2020). Another Roof, Another Proof: The Impact of Mobility on Individual Productivity in Science. Journal of Technology Transfer, 45(1), 276–303. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10961-018-9681-5