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New Career Ladder patterns in Italian universities: habilitation through indicators of performance, age and ranks of positions

Marini, G; (2014) New Career Ladder patterns in Italian universities: habilitation through indicators of performance, age and ranks of positions. In: Heugens, P and Reus, T and Jansen, J, (eds.) (Proceedings) 30th EGOS Colloquium, 3-5 July 2014, Rotterdam, Netherlands. European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS) Green open access

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Abstract

The new Habilitation, established in Italy in 2010 and launched in 2012, was introduced to filter eligible candidates in the competition for associate and full professorships. Its purpose is to limit agreements between colleagues to make academic appointments on the basis of patronage and instead set minimum conditions based on scholarly output. This study draws on a national dataset in four disciplinary fields – Physics; Engineering; Law; Economics: two being bibliometric and two non-bibliometric. The main hypothesis is that a candidate’s current position and seniority (years after last promotion) should play no part in determining the award of the Habilitation. Only indicators of output should be considered by committees. After controlling for such indicators as publications, affiliation with committee members, age, gender, current position and time since last promotion, data show better predictors of attaining the habilitation to be: 1) quality of scientific output (H index and articles in top ranked journals); 2) current ladder rank; 3) younger candidates, especially within the same ranks. As a result, the traditional seniority pattern and the allegedly opaque procedures in recruitment and promotion appear to be yielding place before quicker career paths for the more productive.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: New Career Ladder patterns in Italian universities: habilitation through indicators of performance, age and ranks of positions
Event: 30th EGOS Colloquium, 3-5 July 2014, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://www.egosnet.org/2014_rotterdam/general_the...
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Habilitation, career ladder, academic output, research evaluation, seniority
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Social Research Institute
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10040257
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