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
Date Written: 2012
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
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