ERIC Number: ED343187
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Oct-31
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Consensus Falsely Presumed: An Organizational Culture Approach to Defining the Research Productivity of Agricultural College Faculty.
Ross, Susan M.; Donnellan, LaRae M.
Although universities require that their faculty be "productive," a study suggests that definitions of research productivity vary, depending on the respondent's position within the university hierarchy. Definitions of productivity employ different metaphorical descriptions, constructs, statements of fact, and practice. University administrators and the deans, department chairs, and faculty at a college of agriculture at a northeastern university agree that the "ideal" productive scientist: (1) is self-directed; (2) does research that answers important questions; (3) communicates results in all appropriate ways; and (4) is recognized by the scientific community and by others he or she serves. However, the respondents differ in how productivity should be measured. University administrators tend to emphasize the importance of a national reputation and publication in refereed journals, while college deans, department chairs, and faculty tend to support a variety of outputs and practices. Efforts to measure research productivity must address the fact that there may be an "assumed but not actualized consensus" as to what constitutes productivity. But simply identifying different definitions of productivity is not enough; administrators and faculty must negotiate an acceptable definition, complete with institutional support, rewards, and sanctions. (A list of 25 references is attached.) (Author/SG)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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