Should I stay or should I go? The challenges and opportunities of moving between university systems

Eymann, Torsten, Kundisch, Dennis, Recker, Jan C., Bernstein, Abraham, Gebauer, Judith, Günther, Oliver, Ketter, Wolfgang, zur Mühlen, Michael, & Riemer, Kai (2014) Should I stay or should I go? The challenges and opportunities of moving between university systems. Business & Information Systems Engineering, 6(2), pp. 115-126.

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The scientific job market has evolved to a truly globalized market. This is epitomized not only by the English language being the de facto scientific language but also by the increasing share of native language journals that are being offered in multiple languages or have or will fully converted to English (such as, for example, the BISE journal in 2015). Similarly, a plethora of exchange programs exists that allow students and academic staff to visit other institutions and exchange knowledge, ideas, and learning opportunities.

While student migration across scientific institutions is an established phenomenon (Gribble, 2008) with ample structures, policies, and schemes such as ERASMUS1 in place, academic staff migration between countries is still a challenge, even if exchange programs exist (Enders, 1998). One reason may be that different career paths, varying teaching loads and different evaluation schemes for what constitutes scientific excellence are notable. This also influences the decision of where to start and continue an academic career. While the university systems themselves have been examined previously (Galliers and Whitley, 2007; Lyytinen et al., 2007) and while there is knowledge about career requirements in different university systems (Dennis et al., 2006; Dean et al., 2011; Loos et al., 2013; Recker, 2013), we still do not know much about individual and contextual decisions of academics that either consider or execute a migration between university systems.

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ID Code: 69011
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
DOI: 10.1007/s12599-014-0319-3
ISSN: 1867-0202
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Springer
Deposited On: 20 Mar 2014 22:45
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