How Hartl exceeds Skiba: determinants of a successful career in academia

Feichtinger, G., Grass, D., Kort, P.M., Novak, A.J., Seidl, A., & Wrzaczek, S. (2024). How Hartl exceeds Skiba: determinants of a successful career in academia. Central European Journal of Operations Research 32 (2) 543-556. 10.1007/s10100-023-00889-7.

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We present and analyze a life cycle model of a scientific career to investigate how the budget available for research related activities affects a scientist’s long run success in academia. Recognizing that reputation has a positive impact on obtaining research funds as well as on producing scientific output, we determine the optimal efforts of a scientist with respect to applying for research grants and costly science related activities to improve reputation, such as networking and inviting guest researchers, under the assumption that the total extent of these activities is limited by a time budget. We find that the optimal solution is history-dependent and study four different career paths which differ with respect to the initial reputation and the initial financial means to identify the determinants of success and failure in academia. It is shown that the extent to which a scientist finds the results of his or her work rewarding, has a substantial impact on whether the scientist will build up a successful career.

Item Type: Article
Research Programs: Advancing Systems Analysis (ASA)
Advancing Systems Analysis (ASA) > Exploratory Modeling of Human-natural Systems (EM)
Economic Frontiers (EF)
Depositing User: Luke Kirwan
Date Deposited: 07 May 2024 12:16
Last Modified: 07 May 2024 12:16

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