Authors: Jonathon E. Mote, Jerald T. Hage, Yuko K. Whitestone, Gretchen B. Jordan
Addresses: 2112 Art-Sociology, Center for Innovation, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742, USA. ' 2112 Art-Sociology, Center for Innovation, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742, USA. ' 2112 Art-Sociology, Department of Sociology, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742, USA. ' Sandia National Laboratories, P.O. Box 5800, Albuquerque, NM 87185-0847, USA
Abstract: While the performance and productivity benefits of social networks in science have been generally demonstrated, there is still little understanding of how networks might affect scientists| perceptions of their research environment. Because the work environment has also been identified as a key factor for research success, it is essential to understand the interaction between social networks and the organisational research environment. This paper examines the relationship between the social network positions of scientists and the perceptions of their organisation|s research environment. The analysis utilises three related datasets that were gathered with a comprehensive survey instrument administered in Spring 2005 to a small, publicly funded research organisation consisting primarily of oceanographers and atmospheric scientists. Results are discussed in terms of their implications for managerial practice and future research.
Keywords: social networks; work environment; research organisations; innovation; research and development; R&D management; science; scientific R&D; research environment.
International Journal of Foresight and Innovation Policy, 2008 Vol.4 No.3/4, pp.246 - 264
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