Context Factors and the Performance of Mobile Individuals in Research Teams

33 Pages Posted: 11 Dec 2017

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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: January 2018

Abstract

We use survey data for 4336 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 (January 2018). Journal of Management Studies, Vol. 55, Issue 1, pp. 27-59, 2018. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3085325 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/joms.12279

Chiara Franzoni (Contact Author)

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Giuseppe Scellato

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

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Paula E. Stephan

Georgia State University - Department of Economics ( email )

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National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) ( email )

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