IS Faculty Research Productivity: Influential Factors and Implications

IS Faculty Research Productivity: Influential Factors and Implications

Qing Hu (Florida Atlantic University, USA) and T. Grandon Gill (Florida Atlantic University, USA)
Copyright: © 2000 |Pages: 11
DOI: 10.4018/irmj.2000040102
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Abstract

Why are some faculty members more productive than others in academic research? We constructed a number of hypotheses about faculty research productivity based on the life-cycle model of academic research and previous studies. Tests were conducted using data collected via a national survey of information systems (IS) faculty. The results show that while there are only two significant factors contributing positively to the research productivity-the time allocated to research activity and the existence of IS doctoral programs-many other factors appear to have significant adverse effect on research productivity, such as the number of years on faculty, the teaching load when exceeding 11 hours weekly, and non-IS, non-academic employment experience. The results also suggest that some of the commonly proposed influential factors, such as tenure status, academic rank, school type, as well as IS-related employment experience, have no significant effect at all. The implications of these findings and the limitations of the study are also discussed.

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