Emergent structures in faculty hiring networks, and the effects of mobility on academic performance

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Emergent structures in faculty hiring networks, and the effects of mobility on academic performance

Type: Article in monograph or in proceedings
Title: Emergent structures in faculty hiring networks, and the effects of mobility on academic performance
Author: Cowan R.Rossello G.
Journal Title: STI 2018 Conference Proceedings
Start Page: 717
End Page: 724
Publisher: Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS)
Issue Date: 2018-09-11
Keywords: Scientometrics
Abstract: This paper is about the South African job market for PhDs. PhD to first job mobility involves the preferences of both the hiring institution and the candidate. Both want to make the best choice and here institutional prestige plays a crucial role. A university's prestige is an emergent property of the hiring interactions, so we use a network perspective to measure it. Using this emergent ordering, we compare the subsequent scientific performance of scholars with different changes in the prestige hierarchy. We ask how movements between universities of different prestige from PhD to first job correlates with academic performance. We use data of South African scholars from 1970 to 2012 and we find that those who make large movements in terms of prestige have lower research ratings than those who do not. Further, looking only those with large prestige movements, those with higher prestige PhD or first job have high research ratings throughout their careers.
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/65290
 

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