The Impact of Discussion, Awareness, and Collaboration Network Position on Research Performance of Engineering School Faculty

39 Pages Posted: 19 Aug 2011

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Wallace J. Hopp

University of Michigan, Stephen M. Ross School of Business

Seyed Iravani

Northwestern University - Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences

Fang Liu

Merrill Lynch & Co. - Management Science

Michael J. Stringer

Northwestern Institute on Complex Systems (NICO)

Date Written: December 1, 2010

Abstract

We use a social network analysis to examine the role of various types of interactions among the faculty of an American engineering school, ranging from mere awareness to full coauthorship, on academic research productivity (measured by weighted publication rates) and impact (measured by weighted citation rates). Our results suggest that central positions in the discussion network have the most significant impact on individual work performance. However, we observe that increasing centrality exhibits diminishing returns, presumably because of the overhead associated with sustaining too many research interactions. Our results also suggest that interdisciplinary research discussions promote both research productivity and impact.

Keywords: collaboration, social networks, academic publishing, research performance

JEL Classification: O31

Suggested Citation

Hopp, Wallace J. and Iravani, Seyed and Liu, Fang and Stringer, Michael J., The Impact of Discussion, Awareness, and Collaboration Network Position on Research Performance of Engineering School Faculty (December 1, 2010). Ross School of Business Paper No. 1164, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1911870 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1911870

Wallace J. Hopp (Contact Author)

University of Michigan, Stephen M. Ross School of Business ( email )

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Ann Arbor, MI MI 48109
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Seyed Iravani

Northwestern University - Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences ( email )

Evanston, IL 60208-3119
United States

Fang Liu

Merrill Lynch & Co. - Management Science ( email )

United States

Michael J. Stringer

Northwestern Institute on Complex Systems (NICO) ( email )

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600 Foster Street
Evanston, IL 60208-4057
United States

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