Highly Adaptable but Not Invulnerable: Necessary and Facilitating Conditions for Research in Evolutionary Developmental Biology

Grit Laudel, Martin Benninghoff, Eric Lettkemann, Elias Håkansson

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    Abstract

    Evolutionary developmental biology is a highly variable scientific innovation because researchers can adapt their involvement in the innovation to the opportunities provided by their environment. On the basis of comparative case studies in four countries, we link epistemic properties of research tasks to three types of necessary protected space, and identify the necessary and facilitating conditions for building them. We found that the variability of research tasks made contributing to evolutionary developmental biology possible under most sets of authority relations. However, even the least demanding research depends on its acceptance as legitimate innovation by the scientific community and of purely basic research by state policy and research organisations. The latter condition is shown to become precarious.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationOrganizational Transformation and Scientific Change: The Impact of Institutional Restructuring on Universities and Intellectual Innovation
    EditorsRichard Whitley, Jochen Gläser
    PublisherEmerald Group Publishing Limited
    Pages235-265
    Number of pages406
    ISBN (Print)978-1-78350-684-2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2014

    Publication series

    NameResearch in the Sociology of Organizations
    PublisherEmerald Group Publishing Limited
    Number42

    Keywords

    • IR-91576
    • METIS-304751

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