Higher Education Policy

, Volume 25, Issue 3, pp 313–334 | Cite as

Determinants of Success in Academic Careers

  • Barbara van Balen
  • Pleun van Arensbergen
  • Inge van der Weijden
  • Peter van den Besselaar


The competition for top positions in university rankings has put a stronger emphasis on the quality of university staff. Recruitment of excellent scholars is a core activity for university HRM. In this study, we compare the careers of pairs of similar researchers that were considered as very talented in their early careers. Of every pair, one has a continued academic career, whereas the other does not. We investigate to what extent success in academic career is determined by cultural, social and intellectual capital, and organisational and contextual factors.


academic careers researcher biography talent management the Netherlands 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Barbara van Balen
    • 1
  • Pleun van Arensbergen
    • 2
  • Inge van der Weijden
    • 3
  • Peter van den Besselaar
    • 4
  1. 1.QANU (Quality Assurance Netherlands Universities)UtrechtThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Department of Science System AssessmentRathenau InstituutDen HaagThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Centre for Science and Technology Studies CWTS, Leiden UniversityThe Netherlands
  4. 4.Department of Organization Science and the Network InstituteVU UniversityAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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