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Across institutional boundaries?: Research collaboration in German public sector nanoscience

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  • Heinze, Thomas
  • Kuhlmann, Stefan
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    Research collaboration is a key mechanism for linking distributed knowledge and competencies into novel ideas and research venues. The need for effective inter-institutional knowledge flows is of particular importance in emerging domains of research, and also a challenge for public research systems with a high degree of institutional differentiation. Motivated by concerns about favorable institutional conditions for the conduct of scientific research, we analyze research collaboration in the emergent domain of nanoscience within the highly segmented German public research system. Drawing on multiple data sources, such as co-publications, macro research statistics, and in-depth interviews, we identify governance structures that support or hinder scientists' efforts to engage in collaborative work relations across institutional boundaries.

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    Volume (Year): 37 (2008)
    Issue (Month): 5 (June)
    Pages: 888-899

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