Международные научно-исследовательские лаборатории в России: субъективная и объективная оценка результативности
International research laboratories represent a relatively new form of organizing scientific community for Russia. These units are aimed at attracting leading international scientists as well as young scholars thus contributing to increasing national research capabilities. The paper analyses efficiency of international labs in achieving these goals in terms of intrinsic (number of publications, patents etc.) and perceived criteria (job satisfaction). Motivation and involvement of employees as well as availability of resources are regarded as main determinants of efficiency. Basing on previous international and domestic studies in the field we built a conceptual model to estimate causal relations and correlations between these five variables. Our data source was the online survey of international scientific laboratories staff, which was collected in April-June, 2012.
The publication describes the sample characteristics, provides factor analysis of motivation resulting in building a typology and finally does structural equation modeling to test the conceptual framework of the analysis.
Factor analysis showed that four important groups of employee motives exist. Laboratory staff may be motivated (or unmotivated) by achievement in science, focus on career abroad, practical-oriented material values and satisfaction with working conditions.
Using structural equation modeling authors provide empirical evidence to the hypothesis about relation between employee engagement and their job satisfaction. The more employees are engaged in the labs’ activities the higher job satisfaction and productivity level will be. However, the strength of these effects is relatively small. The assumption of a positive relationship between job satisfaction and the available resources was also confirmed. Additionally analysis showed that employee engagement has a positive effect on the achievement of both objective and subjective results.