Competition and Scholarly Productivity in Management: Investigating Changes in Scholarship from 1988 to 2008
Published on Dec 1, 2010in Academy of Management Learning and Education3.27
· DOI :10.5465/amle.9.4.zqr591
We examine how competition has influenced scholarly productivity in the field of management from 1988 to 2008. Our study reveals three primary findings that may interest management scholars. First, we found that the number of scholars publishing papers each year in top-tier management outlets increased significantly over time. This increase was evident even when controlling for the fact that several journals have increased the number of articles published per year. Second, we found the majority of scholars required more than 5 (or 10) years to publish five (or ten) top-tier articles. In fact, results show the average time required to publish five (or ten) articles increased from 5.35 (6) years at the beginning of our sample to 9.72 (15.13) years at the end of our sample. Finally, our results indicate that increased competition to publish articles in top-tier journals has affected the scholarly productivity of both micro (primarily focused on individuals or groups) and macro (primarily focused on organizations) researchers. However, the results suggest that this negative influence on productivity is more pronounced for macro scholars.