, Volume 10, Issue 5–6, pp 307–328 | Cite as

A causal model of productivity in a research facility

  • R. SenterJr.


The problem addressed concerns the conditions that foster productivity among natural scientists in a large research laboratory. We take several variables identified as important in two major perspectives in the literature on productivity, and use these variables to construct a causal model. Using path analysis, we test the model by employing data from a sample of 295 scientists working at an atomic research facility in West Germany. In general, educational level of the scientists has an important, positive impact on productivity; years of service has a varying and more modest positive effect. Rank of the scientist has an intermediate positive impact on productivity; psychological factors have a negligible effect. Finally, the influence the scientist has on his research endeavors has a modest positive impact on productivity.


Natural Scientist Research Laboratory Educational Level Positive Impact Psychological Factor 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. SenterJr.
    • 1
  1. 1.Central Michigan UniversityMt. Pleasant(USA)

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