Relative Performance Measurement of Researchers: The Impact of Data Source Selection

Schmalenbach Business Review, Vol. 64, October 2012, pp. 308-330

23 Pages Posted: 1 Dec 2012

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Matthias Meyer

Technical University Hamburg-Harburg (TUHH)

Rüdiger W. Waldkirch

South Westphalia University

Michael A. Zaggl

Technical University Hamburg-Harburg (TUHH)

Date Written: 2012

Abstract

We investigate the impact of choosing between four data sources on the relative performance measurement of scholars’ research output. Our results show that rankings can differ considerably and that the observed correlations are often even lower than those reported in previous studies. We show that data source selection generally has a higher effect than does measure selection and that performance measures based on Google Scholar might provide information that complements the more traditional data sources. We find greater differences for accounting, which suggests that decision makers must pay more careful attention when using rankings in this field.

Keywords: citations, decision making, Google Scholar, Handelsblatt Ranking, performance measurement, publications, ranking, research productivity, Scopus, Social Science Citation Index

JEL Classification: I23, M00, M30, M40

Suggested Citation

Meyer, Matthias and Waldkirch, Rüdiger W. and Zaggl, Michael A., Relative Performance Measurement of Researchers: The Impact of Data Source Selection (2012). Schmalenbach Business Review, Vol. 64, October 2012, pp. 308-330, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2183198

Matthias Meyer (Contact Author)

Technical University Hamburg-Harburg (TUHH) ( email )

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Rüdiger W. Waldkirch

South Westphalia University ( email )

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Meschede, 59872
Germany

Michael A. Zaggl

Technical University Hamburg-Harburg (TUHH) ( email )

Schwarzenbergstrasse 95
Hamburg, DE Hamburg 21073
Germany

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