Scientists spend their time trying to uncover the most effective and efficient techniques and their impact on research, but what about the most effective and efficient scientists, and how they impact the field? linkurl:Pierre Azoulay;http://pazoulay.scripts.mit.edu/ of MIT's Sloan School of Management talked with The Scientist about his work on what influences the productivity of scientific researchers, and how productive scientists can, in turn, influence the scientific community.
The Scientist: How do you measure scientific productivity? Pierre Azoulay: Badly. The [measures] are proxies -- things like counts of publications, of patents, of citations to those publications or to those patents. [But] those measures are really proxies for what we care about, [which] are basically important ideas. So we're often multiple steps removed from innovation, and even many more steps removed from actual economic growth. TS: In a linkurl:recent study;http://pazoulay.scripts.mit.edu/pubs/extinction_qje.pdf published in the Quarterly...
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