University Inbreeding: An Impact on Values, Strategies and Individual Productivity of Faculty Members
18 Pages Posted: 1 Feb 2012
Date Written: January 31, 2012
In this paper we discuss positive and negative aspects of university inbreeding – a practice of hiring university graduates as members of its faculty. We provide a detailed review of empirical studies related to inbreeding and its consequences, especially for faculty effectiveness and career, in different education systems. We use data of a 2007 faculty survey of 28 Saint Petersburg public higher education institutions which have undergraduate programs in economics to describe a situation in Russian universities. We demonstrate that inbreeding has a significant impact on individual careers and value orientations of university faculty members.
Keywords: academic mobility, university inbreeding, academic norms
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