Motivating university researchers

dc.contributor.authorSousa, Célio Alberto Alvespt_PT
dc.contributor.authorHendriks, Paul H. J.pt_PT
dc.descriptionThis paper presents an empirical investigation into how universities approach the need and means for motivating university researchers through their management practices. The role of work motivation for this group deserves attention because pressures from outside and within the universities are said to have made university research less of a curiosity-driven activity and turned it more into ordinary work, with career opportunities and performance assessment connected with it. Interviews with research managers in the Business Administration discipline in The Netherlands have been analysed via the principles of a grounded theory approach. The analysis shows that the ways research managers deal with motivation issues cannot adequately be captured by how universities as employment systems define the typical core categories of work motivation theories, including goals, tasks, performance and competencies. A crucial role for understanding how motivation is — and is not — managed appears to lie in how individual and organizational understandings of work assessment, work processes and work context connect to the social mechanisms borrowed from the broader epistemic, discipline-specific communities outside the university.
dc.identifier.citationSousa, C. A. A. & Hendriks, P. H. J. (2008). Motivating university researchers. Higher Education Policy, vol. 21, 359-376.pt_PT
dc.publisherHigher Education Policypt_PT
dc.rightsembargoed access
dc.subjectGrounded theory approachpt_PT
dc.subjectResearch managementpt_PT
dc.subjectUniversity researchpt_PT
dc.subjectWork motivationpt_PT
dc.titleMotivating university researcherspt_PT
dc.typejournal articlept_PT
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