Determinants and effects of cooperation in homogeneous and heterogeneous research clusters (DEKiF)

Start of the project: 01-Feb-2019 - End of the project: 31-Jan-2022

Research in homogeneous and heterogeneous collaboration contexts is becoming increasingly important. Cooperative approaches offer great potential through the combination of competencies, perspectives, experiences, resources, and personalities. But there are also various obstacles to fruitful cooperation. As part of the DEKiF joint project, the determinants and effects of cooperation problems in homogeneous and heterogeneous research clusters are examined and proposals for solving cooperation problems are derived. The following questions are dealt with individually:

  • What internal cooperation problems occur in research clusters?
  • What causes of cooperation problems are traceable?
  • What framework conditions influence the intensity of the cooperation problem?
  • What solution routines do research clusters use to solve cooperation problems?
  • What impact do cooperation problems have on the success and productivity of research clusters?

The study follows a mixed methods design: It consists of an explorative case study, a quantitative survey, bibliometric analyses, and in-depth case studies in various fields of study.

The DEKiF project is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) until 2022. The implementation is carried out in cooperation with DZHW GmbH (research areas: Governance in Higher Education and Science and Research System and Science Dynamics), the University of Dusseldorf (Prof. Dr. Gerhard Vowe), and the Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft (Dr. Mathias Winde).

On January 21, 2022, the project partners will jointly host the workshop 'What makes research collaborations successful? Observations and recommendations for science management and funding policy'. Here, the results achieved in the DEKiF project will be discussed with a focus on their relevance for practice in research collaborations. We cordially invite all interested parties to participate in the workshop, which is designed as an online event. You can find out more about the program and register for the workshop at https://workshop-forschungsverbuende.dzhw.eu/.

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Publications

Research Networks Generated by Organizational Structures, Co-Authorships and Citations: A Case Study of German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (Idiv).

Qu, Z. (2021).
Research Networks Generated by Organizational Structures, Co-Authorships and Citations: A Case Study of German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (Idiv). Open Access Journal of Biogeneric Science and Research, 2021(9).

Research networks generated by organizational structures, co-authorships and citations: A Case Study of German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv).

Qu, Z. (2021).
Research networks generated by organizational structures, co-authorships and citations: A Case Study of German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv). arXiv. arxiv, https://arxiv.org/abs/2103.11911 (Abgerufen am: 23.04.2021).

A Quantitative View of the Structure of Institutional Scientific Collaborations Using the Example of Berlin.

Akbaritabar, A. (2021).
A Quantitative View of the Structure of Institutional Scientific Collaborations Using the Example of Berlin. Quantitative Science Studies(1-24). https://doi.org/10.1162/qss_a_00131

Symbolischer Interaktionismus und qualitative Netzwerkforschung – Theoretische und method(olog)ische Implikationen zur Analyse sozialer Netzwerke.

Töpfer, T., & Behrmann, L. (2021).
Symbolischer Interaktionismus und qualitative Netzwerkforschung – Theoretische und method(olog)ische Implikationen zur Analyse sozialer Netzwerke. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 22(1) (online first). http://dx.doi.org/10.17169/fqs-22.1.3593

Quantitative View of the Structure of Institutional Scientific Collaborations Using the Examples of Halle, Jena and Leipzig.

Akbaritabar, A. (2021).
Quantitative View of the Structure of Institutional Scientific Collaborations Using the Examples of Halle, Jena and Leipzig. arxiv.org.

Smart Starten - wie der Einstieg in Hochschulkooperationen gelingt.

Winde, M., Wagner, N., Nieveler, S., & Kopp, J. (2019).
Smart Starten - wie der Einstieg in Hochschulkooperationen gelingt. (Future Lab - Diskussionspapier 2). Essen: Stifterverband.

Kooperationsgovernance. Herausforderungen bei der Organisation und Gestaltung kooperativer Wissenschaft.

Kleimann, B., Winde, M., Wagner, N., & Dauchert, A. (2019).
Kooperationsgovernance. Herausforderungen bei der Organisation und Gestaltung kooperativer Wissenschaft. Future Lab – Diskussionspapier 1. Essen: Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft e.V.
Presentations

“A Culture Of Curious And Interdisciplinary Vagabonding”? Challenges In Interdisciplinary Collaboration In Two Different Contexts.

Janßen, M. (2021, Oktober).
“A Culture Of Curious And Interdisciplinary Vagabonding”? Challenges In Interdisciplinary Collaboration In Two Different Contexts. Vortrag auf der Konferenz 4S Annual Meeting, The Society for Social Studies of Science (4S), Toronto, Canada.

Limited Independence in Academic Research: Do Autonomy Claims and Need for Third-Party Funding Conflict?

Janßen, M. (2021, August/September).
Limited Independence in Academic Research: Do Autonomy Claims and Need for Third-Party Funding Conflict? Vortrag auf der Konferenz ESA Conference 2021, European Sociological Association, Barcelona.

“You are being influenced by Osmosis” - Examining the Interplay Between Science Policy and Knowledge Production in Scientific Collaboration.

Janßen, M., & Reinhart, M. (2021, August/September).
“You are being influenced by Osmosis” - Examining the Interplay Between Science Policy and Knowledge Production in Scientific Collaboration. Vortrag auf der Konferenz ESA Conference 2021, European Sociological Association, Barcelona.

Wissenschaftliche Kooperationsnetzwerke in Zeiten der Pandemie - Starke Zentren, vernachlässigte Peripherien?

Janßen, M., & Reinhart, M. (2021, August).
Wissenschaftliche Kooperationsnetzwerke in Zeiten der Pandemie - Starke Zentren, vernachlässigte Peripherien? Vortrag auf der Konferenz Gemeinsamer Kongress der DGS und ÖGS 2021 , Wien.

Knowing Democracy through Performing Scientific Self-Governance.

Reinhart, M., & Schendzielorz, C. (2019, September).
Knowing Democracy through Performing Scientific Self-Governance. Vortrag an der Jahrestagung der Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) Innovations, Interruptions, Regenerations, 4.-7. September 2019, New Orleans, Vereinigte Staaten von Amerika.

A spatial scientometric and network analysis of Higher Education Research and Science Studies (HERSS).

Akbaritabar, A. (2019, Juni).
A spatial scientometric and network analysis of Higher Education Research and Science Studies (HERSS). International symposium on Academia in the Age of Comparison: Methodological and Empirical Perspectives in an Interdisciplinary Dialogue, Leibniz Center for Science and Society (LCSS) of Hanover University, June 13-14, 2019, Hanover.

Contact persons

Monika Jungbauer-Gans
Prof. Dr. Monika Jungbauer-Gans +49 511 450670-910
Bernd Kleimann
Prof. Dr. Bernd Kleimann +49 511 450670-363
Axel Oberschelp
Dr. Axel Oberschelp +49 511 450670-348

Researchers

Malte Hückstädt Melike Janßen Dr. Zhao Qu

External Contact

, Robert Merton Zentrum
, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf
, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf
, Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft

Funded by

Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung

In cooperation with

Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft