Higher Education

, Volume 62, Issue 5, pp 635–647 | Cite as

Study of factors influencing research productivity of agriculture faculty members in Iran



The purpose of this research is to analyze the relationship between individual, institutional and demographic characteristics on one hand and the research productivity of agriculture faculty members on the other. The statistical population of the research comprises 280 academic staff in agricultural faculties all over Tehran Province. The data regarding research productivity and demographic characteristics were extracted from the faculty members’ profiles. Questionnaires were utilized to collect information concerning individual and institutional variables. The reliably of the questionnaire was calculated to be between 0.74 and 0.97 using the Cronbach’s Alpha. The regression analysis revealed that from among demographic characteristics two variables, namely, academic rank and age (\( {\text{R}}_{\text{AD}}^{ 2} \) = 0.265), among individual characteristics, three variables, namely, working habits, creativity as well as autonomy and commitment (\( {\text{R}}_{\text{AD}}^{ 2} \) = 0.097), and among institutional characteristics four variables namely, network of communication with colleagues, resources of facilities, corporate management and clear research objectives (\( {\text{R}}_{\text{AD}}^{ 2} \) = 0.151) were significant predictors for agricultural faculty members’ research productivity.


Research productivity Agriculture faculty members Individual characteristics Institutional characteristics Demographic characteristics 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Department of Agricultural Extension and EducationUniversity of TehranKarajIran

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