Learning by hiring: the effects of scientists’ inbound mobility on research performance in academia

Slavova, Kremena, Fosfuri, Andrea and De Castro, Julio O. (2016) Learning by hiring: the effects of scientists’ inbound mobility on research performance in academia. Organization Science, 27 (1) . pp. 72-89. ISSN 1047-7039 [Article] (doi:10.1287/orsc.2015.1026)

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This study investigates the effects of scientists’ inbound mobility on the research performance of incumbent scientists in an academic setting. The theoretical framework integrates insights from learning theory and social comparison theory to suggest two main mechanisms behind these effects, localized learning and social comparison. The authors propose several hypotheses about the conditions that might intensify or weaken such effects. Specifically, the arrival of new scientific personnel is likely to exert stronger positive effects on the performance of incumbent scientists with shorter (cf. longer) organizational tenure; in addition, academic departments with less diversified expertise and with higher levels of internal collaborations likely reap greater benefits from learning by hiring. The empirical findings, based on a longitudinal analysis of a sample of 94 U.S. academic chemical engineering departments, provide empirical support for these contentions.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Published online in Articles in Advance December 16, 2015
Keywords (uncontrolled): Scientists’ mobility, learning by hiring, research performance
Research Areas: A. > Business School > International Management and Innovation
Item ID: 18422
Notes on copyright: This manuscript was accepted for publication in Organization Science. The version of record can be found at http://dx.doi.org/10.1287/orsc.2015.1026
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Depositing User: Kremena Slavova
Date Deposited: 13 Nov 2015 10:47
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2021 21:13
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/18422

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