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Bibliometric analysis of a department

Bibliometric analysis has  range of applications, a practical application is analyzing a research institution or department; such as in terms of topics, collaborations (both internal and external) and impact (in the form of citations) in the scientific community. To...

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Academic mobility and impact

Two articles in Nature was nicely summarized in an Economist article recently. The key point is: The more open countries are and internationally mobile and connected researchers in a country are, the more artices with high citation are produced. It is worth noting...

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Nvivo for litterature review

This post is a work in progress, as I try using Nvivo to get a systematic overview of my field of study; and where I store links and resources I have found useful. A complete post will follow when I have a conclusion (of whether to stop, or go on :)) It might be...

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Some may enjoy reading this..

..and spend a couple of minutes studying the graph. A graph showing what people think of when using unspecific terms like: "some", "a few", "many", as well as various types of probabilities. Rather interesting.. as well as a short discussion on what to do with...

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The role of narratives in how information spreads

When theorizing about the world and how information is spread, it is easy to assume that better information will prevail, and, when conducting social network analysis, that all information is equal, it is all about the structure and characteristics of the node. This...

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Selection bias and the use of success stories

While it is obvious when stated, it is still a sad fact that the popular business press continues to write hero stories and generalize from business successes. This article from HBR is a quick introduction to why this can lead one to draw the wrong conclusions....

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How statistics lost their power

Interesting historical perspective, and why statistics as a tool to form policy and public opinion may loose its effect in the time to come. some points: the nation is a misleading entity to use; while some cities flourish and grow, other regions are hit hard; an...

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How to network with purpose mutual effect

As with so many activities, networking is a craft to be learnt. If done well..  It benefit both you and your network.. Here are some advice from a leading researcher in the field. For  network to have value, it needs to have relevant and potentially strategically...

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Understanding the American demographic

Sitting safely in Norway, reading about the American election in various major global news outlets, it is hard to understand how Trump won the GOP primary, let alone is head to head with Clinton in the race for the Whitehouse. Clearly, there is something I have not...

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How to manage for collective creativity

Harvard professor Linda Hill presents her findings on characteristics of leaders / situations that inspire consistent creative thinking and progress. Three key capabilities are: Creative Abraision, Creative Resolution and Creative Agility. See her HBR...

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Controlling for confounding variables

Confounding variables are nothing new, so controlling form them are common. However, as this paper shows, a lot of these controls are flawed, calling into question the validity of the results. SEM is proposed as part of the solution.  ...

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12 Traits of Persuasive People

You are more persuasive than you think you are -- learn the powerful secrets of persuasiveness.  http://www.inc.com/lolly-daskal/12-powerful-secrets-of-really-persuasive-people.html?cid=em01011week39day24a   There are people who are very good at getting other people...

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Stress is bad for you – TED

Stress, or pressure can be good for us, in the short term, by helping us focus and muster energy and mental resources to solve a given challenge. When stress endures over time, it becomes harmful. Watch this four minute TED video to see just how bad it is!  ...

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Good and evil nudging

Nudging has been all the rage since Richard Thaler introduced the concept some years ago... and the British and American government started their 'nudge units' to encourage citizens to make better decisions. In this article Thaler presents examples of how nudging is...

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The importance of research design

I have had my first graduate class in Methodology, and have thus been primed to focus on potential flaws in research design. No wonder then, that when an article called: "Making it all up – The behavioral science Scandal" appeared in my facebook timline, I clicked,...

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De som blir igjen etter en nedbemanning

Elin Ørjasæther skriver om hvordan det stort sett går bra med de som blir igjen, SÅ LENGE bedriften har gjort en god jobb med å forklare HVORFOR de nedbemanner, og kriterinene de har brukt. Når man forstår tanken bak, er det lettere å akseptere det. Hun viser også at...

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