Does size matter? An investigation of how department size and other organizational variables influence on publication productivity and citation impact

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This working paper presents the results of a study investigating whether there is a positive effect of size when it comes to the scientific performance of university departments measured in terms of publication productivity and citation impact. In other words, whether larger departments are better than small ones.

The report is written by Dag Aksnes, Fredrik Piro and Kristoffer Rørstad.

The analysis was carried out as part of NIFU’s strategic institute project concerning the relation be-tween input and output measures.

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Fusjonsutredning: HiB, HiSF og HSH

Undersøkelse ved HVL høsten 2018