Title: The role of social capital in international scientific collaborations: evidence from a multi-country survey
Authors: Diane A. Isabelle; Louise A. Heslop
Addresses: Sprott School of Business, Carleton University, 1125 Colonel By Drive, DT 1707, Ottawa, Ontario, K1B 3E7, Canada ' Sprott School of Business, Carleton University, 1125 Colonel By Drive, DT 1707, Ottawa, Ontario, K1B 3E7, Canada
Abstract: A growing body of literature has demonstrated the importance of social capital in value creation from alliances, networks, and collaboration. This study investigates the application of a social capital perspective to large-scale international scientific collaborations (ISCs) through a survey of senior scientists from Canada, the USA, Europe, Australia and China. The findings support the relevance of social capital to ISCs and also indicate that network ties, shared goals among collaborators, and effectiveness of collaboration management are key factors for collaboration effectiveness. Further, a broad range of spillover outcomes are perceived to occur. The study contributes to research examining the role of social capital in inter-organisational relations.
Keywords: social capital; intellectual capital; industrial benefits; political spillovers; international scientific collaboration; ISC; network ties; shared goals; collaboration management; collaboration effectiveness; inter-organisational relations.
International Journal of Technology and Globalisation, 2014 Vol.7 No.4, pp.259 - 287
Accepted: 12 Mar 2014
Published online: 14 Jan 2015 *