Title

A Local Social Network Approach for Research Management

Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

2013

Abstract

Traditional methods to evaluate research performance focus on citation count, quality and quantity of research output by individual researchers. These measures overlook the roles an individual plays in research collaboration, which is critical in an institutional research management environment due to the inherent interdependency among research entities. In order to address the organizational research management needs, we propose a research social network approach to better analyze local collaboration networks. For this purpose, we develop a new “collaboration supportiveness” measure to quantify an individual researcher's collaboration ability. Insights derived from this research are very helpful for managers to effectively allocate resources, identify research priorities, promote collaboration, and grow research in directions aligned with the organizational strategies.

Keywords

Research management, Collaboration analysis, Social network analysis, Research analytics

Discipline

Computer Sciences | Higher Education | Management Information Systems

Research Areas

Information Systems and Management

Publication

Decision Support Systems

Volume

56

First Page

427

Last Page

438

ISSN

0167-9236

Identifier

10.1016/j.dss.2012.10.055

Publisher

Elsevier

Additional URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.dss.2012.10.055