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Multitasking academics

Van der Stede, Wim ORCID: 0000-0003-3005-2410 (2018) Multitasking academics. Issues in Accounting Education, 33 (3). pp. 85-94. ISSN 0739-3172

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Academics have inherently multi-faceted jobs requiring their attention across a range of (typically three) activities (research, teaching, service); that is, professors multitask. I first argue that effective organizational designs where multitasking is prevalent require weak incentives. My own experiences as a faculty member, however, suggest that this is not always heeded, causing distortions in faculty's allocation of effort and attention to all three activities. Moreover, this point overlooks that synergies can exist across the three activities that make an earnest engagement with all three rather naturally attractive and mutually beneficial. I provide examples of such synergies. Hence, my second point is that, subject to spillover effects across research, teaching, and service, focusing sensibly on one's portfolio of activities, and thoughtfully navigating their alleged tensions, one may well do better on all three as compared to when one uncritically accepts that these activities are in conflict or work against each other.

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Additional Information: © 2018 American Accounting Association
Divisions: Accounting
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Date Deposited: 13 Mar 2018 15:07
Last Modified: 01 Apr 2024 08:09

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