Mystic Inspiration of Effective Habits?
Academic Leadership - Online Journal,
Vol. 5 No. 3 (2004): Vol-5-Issue-3-March-2004
Although numerous and diverse publications address professors’ writing and research productivity,
exceedingly few empirical studies report findings for interventions designed and implemented to
increase professors’ research productivity. This study used an innovative mixed methods design with a
concurrent triangulation strategy and methods from two research traditions that investigators rarely
integrate – quantitative single-case interventions and qualitative inquiry. Processes and findings from
this study illustrate how researchers can combine these methods to illuminate the how and why of
changes in performance in participant-interventionist studies. In this study, university professors used
goal setting and behavioral self-management techniques to increase their daily research productivity
and the number of manuscripts they submitted to professional journals. Based on findings and existing
literature, we identify practical habits that increase research productivity. This study extends the
literature base that includes numerous descriptive articles and opinion pieces on many topics about
scholarly productivity, but few intervention studies that report quantitative findings.