Resources exchange patterns with diverse institutional partners within R&D collaborative relationships: access to reputation and funding

Africa Villanueva Felez, Paul Stephen Benneworth, Jordi Molas Gallart

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Abstract

This study addresses the nature of the networks which researchers use to access resources focusing on the nature of network‐mediated resource exchanges and the relationship to those network connection strengths. Innovation literature tends to assume that for research collaboration weak ties – allowing loose coupling – are optimal, and it is precisely that notion that we seek to test here. This paper addresses the manner in which relational and institutional traits interact in R&D relationships, and specifically the institutional context and functional characteristics of a tie between two researchers. We use Granovetter’s network theory to conceptualise scientific network functioning in R&D collaborative relationships, classifying ties into strong and weak ties. We then analyse how actors’ institutional contexts (and their similarity or difference) affect how researchers conduct resources exchanges. We argue ‘ tie characteristics’ can predict different patterns of exchange behaviours depending on partners’ institutional affiliations. Our findings stress that institutional affiliation determines which tie characteristics are in the best interest for the access to resources to take place.
Original languageEnglish
Pages-
Number of pages34
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Publication series

NameCHEPS working paper series
No.06
Volume2015
ISSN (Electronic)2589-9716

Keywords

  • IR-97448
  • METIS-320816

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