Author: Charlotte Anthony | Category: In The News | March 11, 2015
A recent article in Science Magazine about “Staffing
Labs for Optimal Productivity” generated a lot of discussion at the
Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.
The article explains that when building up their research
groups, principal investigators (PIs) have to make decisions about who to staff
This decision is of not easy because as strategic management
researcher Christopher Liu explains “it’s not just larger is better.”
He found that for the average-sized laboratory with roughly
five postdocs, three graduate students, and two technicians—adding one lab
member was correlated with an extra quarter publication. However, as lab size increased, productivity
continued to go up but at a slower and slower rate. Once the lab size reached
25, adding new people was counterproductive.
What do you think of his analysis? To read more of the
article, click here.
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