Creative use of bibliometric analysis in evaluation offers an unparalleled opportunity to take advantage of the rich information embedded in the written products of scientific work to track the output and influence of funded scholars. Many metrics and techniques have been developed: from publication and citation counts to percentile rankings, h-index, impact factor, maps of the knowledge landscape, maps of geographical distribution, and metrics of interdisciplinarity and specialization. Analysis can demonstrate evolution over long periods of time, and can draw quantitative comparisons among subgroups or with others anywhere in the world. It would be dangerous to consider such data and analysis as “easy” however. Careful attention to detail and method are required to produce robust results. Source: Diana Hicks. Georgia Institute of Technology "Bibliometrics as a Tool for Research Evaluation" Handbook on the Theory and Practice of Program Evaluation. Ed. Al Link & Nick Vornatas. Edward Elgar, 2012. Available at: http://works.bepress.com/diana_hicks/31 Fulltext: http://works.bepress.com/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1035&context=diana_hicks
How do you build a world-class research university from scratch? In today's ever-faster, global economy, many countries are reflecting on the merits of building elite global universities to make their mark in world research. Recognizing that such universities are emerging as the central institutions of the 21st Century's knowledge economies, a new book 'The Road to Academic Excellence: The Making of World-Class Research Universities' examines the recent experience of 11 universities in 9 countries on 4 continents that have grappled with the challenges of building successful research institutions under difficult circumstances, and synthesizes the lessons learned. This book will be essential reading for governments, tertiary education leaders, employers, and citizens, considering reforms and innovations to improve their country's position in the global scene. The case studies presented suggest that a faster and more effective approach to achieve world-class university status is to establish a new institution. New universities can grow into high-quality research institutions within two or three decades when talent, resources, and governance are adequately aligned from the beginning.Outstanding research universities do not operate in a vacuum; they evolve from a tertiary education ecosystem which affects the performance of individual institutions. Fulltext is here: http://go.worldbank.org/9SJDQ5U020
The interest in developing scholarly impact metrics is frequently justified by the need to objectively prioritize scarce resources and to better manage scholarly productivity. However, the study of scholarly communication in general, including scholarly impact metrics, has significant relevance to a number of other scientific domains such as computational social science, social network analysis, web science, and complex systems. In this presentation I will provide an overview of established scholarly impact metrics, grounding each in their respective scientific traditions and backgrounds. Changes in scholarly communication patterns, including the move to online environments and the increasing use of social media, have recently prompted a Cambrian explosion of new impact metrics derived from new data sources. These metrics may reflect previously unexplored facets of scholarly communication and impact, and may thus yield a more complete picture of scholarly communication. In my presentation I will provide an overview of these new metrics, and identify the opportunities as well as challenges that they present.
A: Citation based social metrics:
Random walk; PageRank/Eigenvector
Shortest path; Closeness/Betweenness
Scholarly community and communication is moving online.
Data pertaining to online activities (implicit, behavioral) vs. citation data (explicit declaration of influence)
C: AltMetrics: Behavioral AND “attention” data
Social media attention, bookmarking, mentions. Attempt to also capture “social” attention or public impact of scholarly work
Source:Metrics Session: An overview of scholarly impact metricsPresented by Mr. Johan BOLLEN on 19 Jun 2013 from 15:30 to 16:00Session: Plenary 2
Times Higher Education Australia prepares for (research) impact Times Higher Education The Australian government has launched a consultation on the introduction of a national programme of research impact assessment.
A survey of Advanced Placement and National Writing Project teachers finds that teens’ research habits are changing in the digital age (First we tackled how digital tools shape the way teens do research:
One of the challenges of working in evaluation is that important terms (like ‘evaluation’, ‘impact’, ‘indicators’, ‘monitoring’ and so on ) are defined and used in very different ways by different people. Sometimes the same word is used but to mean quite different things; other times different words are used to mean the same thing. And, most importantly, many people are simply unaware that other people use these words in these different ways. http://t.co/wXqDAyVdLP
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Abstract: Critics have characterized academic research as being of little practical or commercial value. Such criticism of scholarly research, as opposed to applied research, resonates with detractors who do not appreciate the evolving role of business schools in providing foundational research. The authors contend that scholarly research helps develop knowledge in fields such as strategic management, enhances the value of later applied research, and provides content for courses. Not all research is of high quality, however, so the evaluation of research is critical. The authors examine several considerations for evaluation, such as journal rankings, interdisciplinary evaluation, and breadth of approach. Conclusions: We acknowledge the obvious, that not all the research we do is important. Yet, there can be little question of the overall value of conducting academic research, even if it sometimes does not generate immediately obvious practical applications or commercial value. Our discussion above suggests that effective research evaluation systems have never been more important to the continuation and legitimacy of our research activities. Business schools need to carefully and thoroughly assess the quality and impact of research conducted by their faculties. Such evaluations strongly influence the quality of the research done and the reputation of the school as well. Yet, the pressures on universities and business schools for faculty to teach more classes and more students and to only do research that has clear, immediate, and discernible value heighten the importance of the means by which we evaluate and reward research. We should ensure that the increased sophistication of our research is matched by similar sophistication in our methods of evaluation. We must develop and use systems that are reliable and valid and justifiable to all our major stakeholders, internal and external. The very survival of business schools as we know them in universities may be at stake. Journal of Management Inquiry April 2012 vol. 21 no. 2 236-240 Michael A. Hitt, Texas A&M University, College Station, USA Charles R. Greer, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, USA
The Australian Technology Network of Universities asked RAND Europe to review the Excellence in Innovation for Australia (EIA) Impact Assessment Trial ('the EIA Trial'), in order to assess how well universities identified and demonstrated impact, as well as how the process could be further improved. This report offers headlines regarding the success of the process, as well as actionable recommendations for improving the EIA Trial in its current form, and for scaling up the process in the future. It also includes a detailed review of the Trial guidance, an analysis of case studies submitted to the Trial, an analysis of how each case study was scored by the assessment panels and an analysis of surveys completed by institutions and case study authors. The report is intended for those responsible for the EIA Trial, in order to enable them to improve the exercise. However, it may also be of interest to others working in the evaluation of research impact. Source: Assessing Research ImpactAn international review of the Excellence in Innovation for Australia TrialMolly Morgan Jones, Sophie Castle-Clarke, Catriona Manville, Salil Gunashekar, Jonathan GrantCopyright: RAND CorporationAvailability: Web-Only Pages: 102Document Number: RR-278-ATNYear: 2013Series:Research ReportsFulltext report: http://m.rand.org/content/dam/rand/pubs/research_reports/RR200/RR278/RAND_RR278.pdf
Research funding cuts impact university Central Florida Future UCF saw a 12 percent drop in research funding in the 2012-2013 school year, receiving $113 million, compared with more than $128.9 million in the previous year.
The authors: "Included in the list are not only quantitative indicators of scholarly impact (such as the H-index), but also qualitative indicators that we might be having some impact on the world (such as meetings with, or even angry letters from, important people). We think, especially in an age of increasing demands for accountability, that we academics ought to own impact, rather than having it determined by someone else."
If you believe the impact of management research and education is in decline, this book will help you play your part. Doing Research that Matters looks at an old issue from a new perspective, taking a fresh and cross-disciplinary approach to learning how we can contribute with our work to shaping the future of management. Readers are invited to sit back and relax while they are taken on a journey through the views and work of a group of exemplary professionals: top-management gurus Rob Goffee, Robert Kaplan, Barbara Kellerman, Philip Kotler, John Kotter, Howard Gardner, Costas Markides, Roger Martin, Henry Mintzberg and David Ulrich; Nobel Laureates Gerhard Ertl, Doug Osheroff, Elinor Ostrom, Jack Szostack and Harald zur Hausen; and world renowned astrophysicist Margherita Hack. In his quest to become a better management innovator, Marco Busi shares the wisdom he gained from these interviews to highlight patterns in the way pioneers identify a problem worth researching, generate an outcome worth spreading, and generally conduct a career worth having.
In an era when the impact of management research and education could be argued is in decline, this book helps readers who want to have a real impact through their management practice and/or research and allows them to truly stand on the shoulders of giants. Doing Research That Matters reveals the ways that exceptional scholars and practitioners have sparked research, done it well, and spread it to others, in the process shaping the way we live and manage. It presents a collection of views and experiences of Nobel Laureates and top management gurus such as Robert Kaplan, Philip Kotler, Howard Gardner, Costas Markides, specifically related to the concepts of research excellence, research process and research outcome. These interviews reveal how their transformative research came about, what drives it, who drives it, how it happens, and why the people who do it feel so passionate about getting the word out. Taking the reader through their life stories it highlights common patterns in the way these people identify a problem worth researching, generate an outcome worth spreading, and generally conduct a worthy professional life.
Prologue My Declaration of Intent1 Personal Introduction To The Futureers15 Chapter 1 Shaping the Future of Management by Reinventing Management Research25 Understanding What to Aim For35 Chapter 3 The Thrill of Discovery55 Finding Romantic Problems Worth Studying71 Chapter 5 Enjoy the Ride93 Chapter 6 Travelling Solo or in Groups?117 Chapter 7 Share the Experience to Make it More Valuable to You and Others139 Epilogue Shaping the Future of Management Research161 Endnotes181 About the Author197 Copyright
Doing Research That Matters Shaping the Future of ManagementMarco Busi (editor), 200 pp, 2013, Emerald Group Publishing Limited, ISBN: 9780857247070
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