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Busy academics share less: the impact of professional and family roles on academic withholding behaviour

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Title: Busy academics share less: the impact of professional and family roles on academic withholding behaviour
Authors: Defazio, D
Kolympiris, C
Perkmann, M
Salter, A
Item Type: Journal Article
Abstract: Although academics are increasingly expected to share their research data and materials with other academics, many appear reluctant to do so. While extant research emphasises commercial involvement and peer influence as determinants of withholding behaviour, we hypothesise that the volume of competing commitments plays an important role in preventing academics from sharing. Using rich, multi-source data on 876 academics at a large research university, we explore how withholding behaviour is related to the breadth of professional and family roles. We find that academics engaged in more activities, including research, teaching and commercialisation, and with more young children, are more likely than their colleagues to withhold research data and materials from their previously published research. We explore the implications of these findings for scientific production and exchange, and for academics' workloads.
Issue Date: 1-Apr-2022
Date of Acceptance: 16-Jun-2020
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10044/1/81025
DOI: 10.1080/03075079.2020.1793931
ISSN: 0307-5079
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Start Page: 731
End Page: 750
Journal / Book Title: Studies in Higher Education
Volume: 47
Issue: 4
Copyright Statement: © 2020 Society for Research into Higher Education. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Studies in Higher Education on 17 Jun 2020, available online: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/03075079.2020.1793931
Sponsor/Funder: Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)
Funder's Grant Number: NE/L013134/1
Keywords: Social Sciences
Education & Educational Research
Academic secrecy
data withholding
role theory
resource scarcity
parenthood
open science
COMMERCIAL ACTIVITY
NATIONAL-SURVEY
MULTIPLE ROLES
WORK
IDENTITY
SCIENCE
SCIENTISTS
UNIVERSITY
PERFORMANCE
SECRECY
academic secrecy
data withholding
role theory
resource scarcity
parenthood
open science
1301 Education Systems
1303 Specialist Studies in Education
Education
Publication Status: Published
Online Publication Date: 2020-06-17
Appears in Collections:Imperial College Business School