Context Factors and the Performance of Mobile Individuals in Research Teams

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Chiara Franzoni

Politecnico di Milano - DIG

Giuseppe Scellato

Polytechnic University of Turin - Department of Production Systems and Business Economics (DISPEA)

Paula E. Stephan

Georgia State University - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

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Date Written: May 2017

Abstract

We use survey data for 4,336 scientific teams, located in 16 countries, where all members were working within a single lab, to test three context factors that potentially affect the capability of internationally mobile individuals to enhance the innovation performance of their research units. We formulate hypotheses on context factors rooted in the knowledge recombination and learning-by hiring theories. The results show that three context factors are positively associated with international mobility and the performance of the research units: the degree to which knowledge in the relevant subfield of science is geographically concentrated, the creative intent of the activities performed and the decision power of the mobile individual.

Keywords: creativity, ethnicity, mobility, research teams, team performance

Suggested Citation

Franzoni, Chiara and Scellato, Giuseppe and Stephan, Paula E., Context Factors and the Performance of Mobile Individuals in Research Teams (May 2017). Andrew Young School of Policy Studies Research Paper Series No. 17-10. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3051748 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3051748

Chiara Franzoni

Politecnico di Milano - DIG ( email )

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Giuseppe Scellato

Polytechnic University of Turin - Department of Production Systems and Business Economics (DISPEA) ( email )

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Torino, 10129
Italy
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Paula E. Stephan (Contact Author)

Georgia State University - Department of Economics ( email )

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Atlanta, GA 30302-3992
United States

National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) ( email )

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Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

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