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

Start of the project: 01-Feb-2019 - End of the project: 30-Apr-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).

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Publications

Ten reasons why research collaborations succeed—a random forest approach.

Hückstädt, M. (2023).
Ten reasons why research collaborations succeed—a random forest approach. Scientometrics (online first). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11192-022-04629-7

Forschungskooperation im Verbund.

Hückstädt, M., Janßen, M., Oberschelp, A., Wagner, N., Weinmann, C., & Winde, M. (2022).
Forschungskooperation im Verbund. Future Lab: Kooperationsgovernance - Diskussionspapier 2022 (6). Essen: Stifterverband für die deutsche Wissenschaft e.V.
Abstract

Collaborative research is becoming increasingly important. By linking competences and experiences, sharing cost-intensive resources and bringing together different disciplinary perspectives, synergy effects are generated and innovative research projects are promoted. However, the collaboration of researchers also involves risks that can be traced back to the framework conditions that characterise the collaboration of the participants. The DEKiF project ("Determinants and Effects of Cooperations in Homogeneous and Heterogeneous Research Associations") examines the implementation of collaborative research within the framework of different sub-studies with the aim of mapping cooperation problems.

Coopetition between frenemies–interrelations and effects of seven collaboration problems in research clusters.

Hückstädt, M. (2022).
Coopetition between frenemies–interrelations and effects of seven collaboration problems in research clusters. Scientometrics, 2022(127), 5191-5224. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11192-022-04472-w

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

Zur Rolle des Wissenschaftsmanagements für erfolgreiche Forschungskooperationen.

Janßen, M. (2022, Dezember).
Zur Rolle des Wissenschaftsmanagements für erfolgreiche Forschungskooperationen. Impulsvortrag im Rahmen der Sitzung des DZHW-Nutzerbeirats.

Wie können Ergebnisse in die Praxis übertragen werden? Wie können Kooperationen gestärkt werden?

Dölle, F. (2022, Januar).
Moderation der Podiumsdiskussion Wie können Ergebnisse in die Praxis übertragen werden? Wie können Kooperationen gestärkt werden? auf der Tagung Was macht Forschungsverbünde erfolgreich? Beobachtungen und Empfehlungen für Wissenschaftsmanagement und Förderpolitik, Deutsches Zentrum für Hochschul- und Wissenschaftsforschung, Hannover.

Was macht Forschungsverbünde erfolgreich? Der Beitrag des Forschungsverbundmanagements – Befunde und Empfehlungen aus den Teilstudien des DZHW.

Hückstädt, M., & Janßen, M. (2022, Januar).
Was macht Forschungsverbünde erfolgreich? Der Beitrag des Forschungsverbundmanagements – Befunde und Empfehlungen aus den Teilstudien des DZHW. Impulsvortrag auf dem Workshop "Was macht Forschungsverbünde erfolgreich? Beobachtungen und Empfehlungen für Wissenschaftsmanagement und Förderpolitik", Deutsches Zentrum für Hochschul- und Wissenschaftsforschung (DZHW), Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf, Hannover.

Bibliometric analysis of research collaboration patterns: Comparative case studies in biodiversity and biomedical research.

Qu, Z. (2021, Dezember).
Bibliometric analysis of research collaboration patterns: Comparative case studies in biodiversity and biomedical research. Vortrag auf dem Workshop Q-KNOW PhD Workshop “Relational Analyses of Science and Higher Education”, Universität Hamburg, Hamburg.

Benefits and challenges of collaboration in Research. Introduction: Field of Research and Contributions of the DEKiF project.

Jungbauer-Gans, M. (2021, November).
Benefits and challenges of collaboration in Research. Introduction: Field of Research and Contributions of the DEKiF project. Vortrag auf dem Workshop Benefits and Challenges of Collaboration in Research, Deutsches Zentrum für Hochschul- und Wissenschaftsforschung (DZHW), Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf, Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft.

“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.

Bibliometric analysis of research collaboration patterns: A comparative study.

Qu, Z. (2021, September).
Bibliometric analysis of research collaboration patterns: A comparative study. Vortrag auf dem Workshop Forschungsergebnisse eines BMBF-Verbundprojekts „Determinanten und Effekte von Kooperationen in homogenen und heterogenen Forschungsverbünden (DEKiF)“, https://dzhw.webex.com/dzhw-de/j.php?MTID=md502501a6c86f1e7410890d067c1fa40.

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.
Conferences

Was macht Forschungsverbünde erfolgreich? Beobachtungen und Empfehlungen für Wissenschaftsmanagement und Förderpolitik.

Oberschelp, A., Jungbauer-Gans, M., Kleimann, B., Janßen, M., Hückstädt, M., & Qu, Z. (2022, Januar).
Was macht Forschungsverbünde erfolgreich? Beobachtungen und Empfehlungen für Wissenschaftsmanagement und Förderpolitik, Deutsches Zentrum für Hochschul- und Wissenschaftsforschung (DZHW), Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf, Hannover.
Abstract

Collaborations in research, whether between organizations, across disciplines or across national borders, are a major trend in science. They generate synergy effects and often make innovative research projects possible in the first place. At the same time, collaborations between sometimes very different partners face not inconsiderable risks which, in the worst case, can lead to the common goals not being achieved. In the workshop "What makes research collaborations successful?" empirical findings on the causes and coping strategies of cooperation problems will be presented and discussed together with actors from the field.

Benefits and challenges of collaboration in research. Investigating the manifold aspects of mono-, inter- and transdisciplinary collaboration.

Jungbauer-Gans, M., Kleimann, B., Janßen, M., Qu, Z., Hückstädt, M., ... & Weinmann, C. (2021, November).
Benefits and challenges of collaboration in research. Investigating the manifold aspects of mono-, inter- and transdisciplinary collaboration, Deutsches Zentrum für Hochschul- und Wissenschaftsforschung (DZHW), Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf, Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft, Hannover.
Abstract

Increasing interorganizational, national and international, and inter- and transdisciplinary collaboration is a megatrend in science. It has become an essential part of knowledge production, being associated with various advantages. However, scientific collaboration is also facing manifold challenges, e.g. transaction costs, trust, power struggles etc. The question arises how collaboration is possible under conditions of prevailing competition in science. The one-day workshop brought together scholars that study the practices, outcomes, and effects of collaboration from different perspectives and with different methodological approaches.

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

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