Factors that impact interdisciplinary scientific research collaboration: Focus on the natural sciences in academia
2005 (English)In: Proceedings of the 10th International Conference of the International Society for Scientometrics and Informetrics, 2005Conference paper (Refereed)
Interdisciplinary collaboration occurs when people with different educational and research backgrounds bring complementary skills to bear on a problem or task. The strength of interdisciplinary scientific research collaboration is its capacity to bring together diverse scientific knowledge to address complex problems and questions. However, interdisciplinary scientific research can be difficult to initiate and sustain. We do not yet fully understand factors that impact interdisciplinary scientific research collaboration. This study synthesizes empirical data from two empirical studies to provide a more comprehensive understanding of interdisciplinary scientific research collaboration within the natural sciences in academia. Data analysis confirmed factors previously identified in various literatures and yielded new factors. A total of twenty factors were identified, and classified into four categories: personal, resources, motivation and common ground. These categorie s and their factors are described, and implications for academic policies and practices to facilitate and sustain interdisciplinary collaboration are discussed.
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collaboration, scientific collaboration
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-5656Local ID: 2320/2330OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hb-5656DiVA: diva2:886335