"This finding supports the concept of
the 'invisible college... superstars infuse
their scientific field with fresh ideas.'”
New Ideas
UC San Diego
and MIT Sloan Professors
Find
Deaths of Superstar Scientists
Lead to Significant and Permanent
Productivity Loss among Collaborators

December 17, 2008

By Barry Jagoda

When “superstar” academic scientists die,
their collaborators experience a significant
and permanent decline in productivity,
according to a recent paper coauthored by
MIT Sloan School of Management Professor
Pierre Azoulay and UC San Diego School of
International Relations and Pacific Studies
Professor Joshua Graff Zivin.   Studying the
role of collaboration in spurring the creation
of new scientific knowledge, they found that
the more the collaborators’ areas of study
overlapped with the superstar, the sharper
the decline in output...
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