Another Roof, Another Proof: The Impact of Mobility on Individual Productivity in Science

Valentina Tartari*, Francesco Di Lorenzo, Benjamin A. Campbell

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Technology Transfer
Volume45
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)276–303
Number of pages28
ISSN0892-9912
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2020

Bibliographical note

Published online: 13. July 2018

Keywords

  • Academic researchers
  • Arellano–Bond
  • Mobility
  • Organizational resources
  • Scientific productivity

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