"If You Don't Know What Port You are Sailing to, No Wind is Favorable": Appointment Preferences of Management Professors

Schmalenbach Business Review, Vol. 60, January 2008

29 Pages Posted: 4 Mar 2008

See all articles by Marina Fiedler

Marina Fiedler

University of Passau - Business Administration and Economics

Isabell M. Welpe

Technische Universität München (TUM) - School of Management

Abstract

Based on a survey of university management professors in German-speaking Europe, we analyze the relationship between individual and organizational characteristics and university academics' preferences in appointment decisions. Senior faculty's attitude towards change proves to be a particular robust predictor of differences in appointment preferences. Faculty who were satisfied with university structures before any reforms place greater value on high-quality monographs and the possession of the venia legendi. Faculty who welcome the aims of university reforms value prestigious journal publications and international experience in applicants. Our results confirm previous homophily and similarity research by showing that university professors value characteristics and qualifications that they themselves possess. Our results also show that differences in appointment preferences depend on whether universities are publicly or privately financed, and their rank in the CHE reputation ranking.

Keywords: Academic Careers, Appointment Preferences, Bologna Process, Individual Influencing Factors, Organizational Change, Organizational Influencing Factors, Personnel Selection Decisions, Selection Criteria, University Reforms

JEL Classification: A29, M20, M53, O31

Suggested Citation

Fiedler, Marina and Welpe, Isabell M., "If You Don't Know What Port You are Sailing to, No Wind is Favorable": Appointment Preferences of Management Professors. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1101634

Marina Fiedler (Contact Author)

University of Passau - Business Administration and Economics ( email )

Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultaet
Passau, D-94030
Germany

HOME PAGE: http://www.wiwi.uni-passau.de/index.php?id=3199&L=2

Isabell M. Welpe

Technische Universität München (TUM) - School of Management ( email )

Leopoldstrasse 139
Munich, 80804
Germany
++49/89/289-24800 (Phone)
++49/89/289-24805 (Fax)

HOME PAGE: http://www.strategie.wi.tum.de

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