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Research Teams’ Human Capital

Adopting a Bourdieusian perspective, human capital of research team in the paper is understood as the configuration of the active properties of individual team’s members and the distribution of differences of their active properties. The paper describes a research team as an ensemble of social distinctions determined by a distribution of “active properties” of the team members (educational, research, administrative and media characteristics) and analyses their empirical distribution. The study is based on the consideration of sociological factors of research teams’ performance. The paper discusses in depth the performance of research team (from a sociological point of view) and the relationship between the performance and the social management efficiency. It is prouved that the performance depends on the efficiency of human capital management research team. These distributions show how holistic properties of the field develop, how they relate to individual agents’ properties and how individual researchers “fit” into science.