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Drittmittel als Performanzindikator der Wissenschaftlichen Forschung zum Einfluss von Rahmenbedingungen auf Forschungsleistung

Jansen, Dorothea; Wald, Andreas; Franke, Karola; Schmoch, Ulrich and Schubert, Torben LU (2007) In Kolner Zeitschrift fur Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie 59(1).
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Resources within and between higher education and research institutions are increasingly allocated according to scientific performance. Evaluation exercises and the measurement of research performance take on a new role in this context. Third party research income is a performance indicator which is rather easy to measure and is used in most of the new performance-based evaluation procedures. This paper sets out to scrutinize the meaning and validity of third party research income. We studied research teams from three different research fields with a mixed quantitative / qualitative approach. The focus is on the causal relations between institutional / input indicators, third party research income as another input indicator, and a... (More)

Resources within and between higher education and research institutions are increasingly allocated according to scientific performance. Evaluation exercises and the measurement of research performance take on a new role in this context. Third party research income is a performance indicator which is rather easy to measure and is used in most of the new performance-based evaluation procedures. This paper sets out to scrutinize the meaning and validity of third party research income. We studied research teams from three different research fields with a mixed quantitative / qualitative approach. The focus is on the causal relations between institutional / input indicators, third party research income as another input indicator, and a variety of output indicators of scientific production. An important result is that third party money has a positive effect on performance only below a certain and discipline-specific threshold. Further analysis shows that output performance is to a great extent field-specific. The context conditions for scientific production differ greatly, so that comparative performance assessments are only valid within homogeneous research fields. Another important result is that output performance is multidimensional and cannot be measured by bibliometric indicators only. These findings have implications for the rationality of the evaluation assessment exercises as well as for the funding decisions of science foundations, ministries of science and - increasingly, the heads of universities and departments. These topics are discussed in the last chapter as well as the implications for further research.

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Third party research funding and performance in research. On the effects or institutional conditions on research performance of teams
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Evaluation, Optimal size of research teams, Peer review, Performance of research teams, Science indicators, Science policy, Third party funding, incentive, performance measurement, governance, research organization
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Kolner Zeitschrift fur Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie
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59
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1
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Forschungsinstitut fur Soziologie
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0023-2653
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10.1007/s11577-007-0006-1
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  author       = {Jansen, Dorothea and Wald, Andreas and Franke, Karola and Schmoch, Ulrich and Schubert, Torben},
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  keyword      = {Evaluation,Optimal size of research teams,Peer review,Performance of research teams,Science indicators,Science policy,Third party funding,incentive,performance measurement,governance,research organization},
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  series       = {Kolner Zeitschrift fur Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie},
  title        = {Drittmittel als Performanzindikator der Wissenschaftlichen Forschung zum Einfluss von Rahmenbedingungen auf Forschungsleistung},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11577-007-0006-1},
  volume       = {59},
  year         = {2007},
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