Higher Education Policy

, Volume 31, Issue 3, pp 381–404 | Cite as

Development and Validation of the Multi-dimensional University Research Workplace Inventory (MDURWI)

  • João M. SantosEmail author
Original Article

This study describes the development and validation of an instrument aimed toward measuring organizational features of an academic research workplace. The question pool was developed based on data from a pilot study (N = 43). The survey was deployed to academic researchers in the field of higher education research worldwide (N = 850). An exploratory factor analysis conducted on 36 questions, followed by confirmatory factor analysis, which lead to a final pool of 27 questions in five subscales, one of which divided into three lower-order factors. The final model exhibited very good fit (X 2/df = 2.561; CFI = 0.972; PCFI = 0.784; RMSEA = 0.043; P[rmsea ≤ 0.05] < 0.001; AIC = 891.018; BCC = 987.839) and psychometric properties, in the form of factorial, convergent, and discriminant validity, as well as reliability and sensitivity. Implications of this instrument for research and policymaking are discussed, as well as future research directions.


exploratory factor analysis confirmatory factor analysis validation research work academic organizations 



This work was supported by the Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia (FCT), co-funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) and the Portuguese Ministry of Science and Education under doctoral Grant PD/BD/113999/2015.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (ISCTE-IUL)Centro de Investigação e Intervenção SocialLisbonPortugal
  2. 2.IN+ - Center for Innovation, Technology and Policy Research, Instituto Superior TécnicoUniversity of LisbonLisbonPortugal

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