Research Productivity in the Era of the Internet Revisited

Posted: 9 Jul 2009 Last revised: 7 Jun 2011

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Eleftheria Vasileiadou

School of Innovation Sciences, Eindhoven University of Technology

Rens Vliegenthart

University of Amsterdam

Date Written: July 8, 2009

Abstract

In distributed research teams, internet-based media are used for coordination, exchange of resources and sharing work, with the underlying assumption that internet use increases research productivity. The purpose of the article is to investigate this assumption in the context of two distributed research teams, with different coordination and management needs. The results suggest that the positive impact of internet use on research productivity is limited and may only be relevant only when collaborative endeavors suffer coordination problems. At the same time, meetings prove the most important predictor of research productivity. Implications are drawn for the management of distributed research teams.

Keywords: e-science, e-research, research productivity, scientific collaboration, email

Suggested Citation

Vasileiadou, Eleftheria and Vliegenthart, Rens, Research Productivity in the Era of the Internet Revisited (July 8, 2009). Research Policy, Vol. 38, No. 8, 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1431457

Eleftheria Vasileiadou (Contact Author)

School of Innovation Sciences, Eindhoven University of Technology ( email )

Eindhoven
Netherlands

HOME PAGE: http://https://sites.google.com/site/eleftheriavasileiadou/

Rens Vliegenthart

University of Amsterdam ( email )

Spui 21
Amsterdam, 1018 WB
Netherlands

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