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Academic breeding grounds: Home department conditions and early career performance of academic researchers
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Industrial Economics and Management (Dept.).ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0820-2769
2019 (English)In: Research Policy, Vol. 48, no 7, p. 1647-1665Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study investigates how research group characteristics relate to the early career success of PhD candidates who are trained in the group. In particular, I study how the citation impact of early-career PhDs is related to the staff composition and funding of the group. Using data on a cohort of Swedish doctoral graduates in science, engineering, mathematics and medicine, two sets of findings are obtained. First, students who were trained in groups with a lower number of PhD students perform better in terms of academic productivity. From the perspective of research policy, this finding suggests a decreasing return to funding additional PhD student positions allocated to professors who are already maintaining larger research groups. Second, PhD students trained in groups with funding for PhD research that is conditioned by funder influence over the topic of thesis research are more likely to stay in academia. Controlling for career destination, however, PhDs from such groups have lower than average scientific productivity and citation impact. These results suggest that finders of PhD studies face a trade-off between the two different funding objectives of "getting what they want" in terms of research content and fostering successful scholars.

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Elsevier B.V. , 2019. Vol. 48, no 7, p. 1647-1665
Keywords [en]
Economic and social effects, Finance, Information analysis, Productivity, Students, Academic careers, PhD studies, Research funding, Research groups, Research performance, Engineering research
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-252024DOI: 10.1016/j.respol.2019.03.009ISI: 000470952000004Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85064198806OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-252024DiVA, id: diva2:1330156
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Available from: 2019-06-25 Created: 2019-06-25 Last updated: 2019-06-25Bibliographically approved

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