Advertisement

Higher Education

, Volume 30, Issue 3, pp 295–304 | Cite as

Are big university departments better than small ones?

  • Svein Kyvik
Article

Abstract

The aim of this article is to examine whether large university departments create better opportunities for research than small ones. The data are drawn from a questionnaire study among all faculty members of the rank of assistant professor or higher at Norway's four universities. There is no significant relationship between department size and productivity in scientific publishing. Furthermore, there is a tendency that faculty in the smallest departments are more content with the research environment than their colleagues in the largest departments. There are, however, large differences between fields of learning in this respect.

Keywords

Small Department Significant Relationship Faculty Member Scientific Publishing Assistant Professor 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

Preview

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

References

  1. Blackburn, R.T., Behymer, C.E. and Hall, D.E. (1978). ‘Research note: Correlates of faculty publications.’Sociology of Education 51, 132–141.Google Scholar
  2. Blume, S.S. and Sinclair, R. (1973). ‘Chemists in British universities: A study of the reward system in science,’American Sociological Review 38, 126–138.Google Scholar
  3. Cohen, J.E. (1981). ‘Publication rate as a function of laboratory size in three biomedical research institutions,’Scientometrics 3, 467–487.Google Scholar
  4. Fritschi, A., Grin, G.A., Kraus, M. and Paltenghi, J.J. (1980). ‘Effects of size within two institutes of technology,’International Journal of Institutional Management in Higher Education 4, 19–41.Google Scholar
  5. Johnston, R. (1994). ‘Effects of resource concentration on research performance’Higher Education 28, 25–37.Google Scholar
  6. Knorr, K.D., Mittermeir, R., Aichholzer, G. and Waller, G. (1979). ‘Individual publication productivity as a social position effect in academic and industrial research units,’ in Andrews, F.M. (ed.),Scientific Productivity. The Effectiveness of Research Groups in Six Countries. Cambridge/Paris: Cambridge University Press/UNESCO.Google Scholar
  7. Kyvik, S. (1991).Productivity in Academia. Scientific Publishing at Norwegian Universities. Oslo: Norwegian University Press.Google Scholar
  8. Kyvik, S. (1995). ‘Department size and resources for administration,’Tertiary Education and Management 1, 107–108.Google Scholar
  9. Martin, B. and Skea J. (1992).Academic Research Performance Indicators: An Assessment of the Possibilities. Brighton: SPRU, University of Sussex.Google Scholar
  10. Stankiewicz, R. (1979). ‘The size and age of Swedish academic research groups and their scientific performance,’ in Andrews, F.M. (ed.).Scientific Productivity. The Effectiveness of Research Groups in Six Countries. Cambridge/Paris: Cambridge University Press/UNESCO.Google Scholar
  11. Trow, M. (1983). ‘Differences between the nominal and effective sizes of higher education institutions,’ in Goodlad, S.Economies of Scale in Higher Education. Guildford, Surrey: The Society for Research into Higher Education, 33–40.Google Scholar
  12. UNESCO (1978).Recommendation Concerning the International Standardization of Statistics on Science and Technology. Paris: UNESCO.Google Scholar
  13. Wallmark, J.T. and Sellerberg, B. (1966). ‘Efficiency vs. size of research teams,’I.E.E.E. Transactions on Engineering Management EM-13, 137–142.Google Scholar
  14. Wallmark, J.T., Eckerstein, S., Langered, B. and Holmquist, H.E.S. (1973). ‘The increase in efficiency with size of research teams,’I.E.E.E. Transactions on Engineering Management EM-20, 80–86.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • Svein Kyvik
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute for Studies in Research and Higher EducationOsloNorway

Personalised recommendations