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Appointment, Promotion, and Mobility of Bioscience Researchers in Japan

Lawson, Cornelia and Shibayama, Sotaro LU (2015) In Global Mobility of Research Scientists p.239-269
Abstract
Using a data set of 370 bioscience professors in Japan, this chapter investigates the effect of PhD training, early career job transition, and international mobility on a professor's probability of both placement at a highly ranked institution and promotion. We found that the prestige of the PhD institution is the best predictor for initial placement and that inbreeding is more common at prestigious institutions. Mobility results in promotion in lower-ranked universities, indicating a strategic decision to move down for promotional benefits. International research visits have a positive effect on promotion but do not affect access to prestigious institutions. Postdoctoral stays have no effect. We also found that merit does not determine... (More)
Using a data set of 370 bioscience professors in Japan, this chapter investigates the effect of PhD training, early career job transition, and international mobility on a professor's probability of both placement at a highly ranked institution and promotion. We found that the prestige of the PhD institution is the best predictor for initial placement and that inbreeding is more common at prestigious institutions. Mobility results in promotion in lower-ranked universities, indicating a strategic decision to move down for promotional benefits. International research visits have a positive effect on promotion but do not affect access to prestigious institutions. Postdoctoral stays have no effect. We also found that merit does not determine promotion duration of early career academics or initial placement but that it does predict promotion to full professor. It also affects the propensity to be placed in a highly ranked university in mid-to late-career stages. (Less)
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academic labor market, academic mobility, bioscience, career paths, inbreeding, Japan, promotion
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Global Mobility of Research Scientists
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Geuna, Aldo and
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31 pages
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Academic Press
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978-0-12-801396-0
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10.1016/B978-0-12-801396-0.00009-0
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  author       = {Lawson, Cornelia and Shibayama, Sotaro},
  editor       = {Geuna, Aldo},
  isbn         = {978-0-12-801396-0},
  keyword      = {academic labor market,academic mobility,bioscience,career paths,inbreeding,Japan,promotion},
  language     = {eng},
  month        = {08},
  pages        = {239--269},
  publisher    = {Academic Press},
  series       = {Global Mobility of Research Scientists },
  title        = {Appointment, Promotion, and Mobility of Bioscience Researchers in Japan},
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  year         = {2015},
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