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Diversity in one dimension alongside greater similarity in others: evidence from FP7 cooperative research teams

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  • Alex Coad

    () (Joint Research Centre, European Commission)

  • Sara Amoroso

    () (Joint Research Centre, European Commission)

  • Nicola Grassano

    () (Joint Research Centre, European Commission)

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Although diversity between team members may bring benefits of new perspectives, nevertheless, what holds a team together is some degree of similarity. We theorise that diversity in one dimension is traded off against diversity in another. Our analysis of collaborative research teams that received FP7 funding presents robust results that indicators of diversity in several dimensions—diversity of organizational form (universities, firms, etc.), diversity in nationality, and inequality in project funding share—are negatively correlated with each other.

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  • Alex Coad & Sara Amoroso & Nicola Grassano, 2017. "Diversity in one dimension alongside greater similarity in others: evidence from FP7 cooperative research teams," The Journal of Technology Transfer, Springer, vol. 42(5), pages 1170-1183, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:jtecht:v:42:y:2017:i:5:d:10.1007_s10961-017-9563-2
    DOI: 10.1007/s10961-017-9563-2
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    Diversity; Collaborative teams; FP7 research funding;
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    JEL classification:

    • O32 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Management of Technological Innovation and R&D
    • O38 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Government Policy

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