The Effects of Organization Resources on Scientific Production
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This study intends to tackle the following questions: What types of resources would enhance scientist's research production? How does collaborative network mediate the relationship between resources and scientific production? Does resources and collaboration work differently across ranks? Data from a national survey of academic scientists and engineers in Carnegie-designated Research I universities is used to assess the direct effects of resources on production and indirect effects through collaborative network size. Our findings produced by Structure Equation Model suggest that more relevant a resource to scientific research, more likely the resource has a direct effect and an indirect effect on production through collaborative network. Furthermore, mediation effects are much more significant in associate and full professor group than assistant professor group. As cumulative advantage theory argues, the cumulative advantage leads senior scientists to an edge position in cases of collaboration.