Flying the nest: how the home department shapes researchers career paths


Hottenrott, Hanna ; Lawson, Cornelia


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URL: https://ub-madoc.bib.uni-mannheim.de/39616
URN: urn:nbn:de:bsz:180-madoc-396160
Document Type: Working paper
Year of publication: 2015
The title of a journal, publication series: ZEW Discussion Papers
Volume: 15-050
Place of publication: Mannheim
Publication language: English
Institution: Sonstige Einrichtungen > ZEW - Leibniz-Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung
MADOC publication series: Veröffentlichungen des ZEW (Leibniz-Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung) > ZEW Discussion Papers
Subject: 330 Economics
Keywords (English): Researcher mobility , research groups , research funding , science-industry technology transfer, academic careers
Abstract: This paper studies the importance of the socialization environment – nest – for the career destinations of early career researchers. In a sample of research groups in the fields of science and engineering at universities in Germany, we identify research orientation, output, funding as well as openness to industry and commercialization as relevant components. Nests that attract more public funding and are led by professors with high research performance are more likely to produce researchers that take jobs in public research, while links to industry predict jobs in the private sector. In a more nuanced analysis that differs by type of industry employment we find that larger firms also recruit from groups with higher scientific performance, while SMEs recruit from nests with a higher patent productivity. A focus on experimental development instead is associated with academic start-ups, and an applied focus with employment in consulting. Recommendations for research training are discussed.

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Hottenrott, Hanna ; Lawson, Cornelia (2015) Flying the nest: how the home department shapes researchers career paths. Open Access ZEW Discussion Papers Mannheim 15-050 [Working paper]
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