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Interfaculty differences in collaboration: A study of a multi faculty university
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Urban Planning and Environment, Urban and Regional Studies.
Stockholm University.
Stockholm University.
2013 (English)In: Studies in Regional Science, ISSN 1880-6465, Vol. 43, no 1, 47-60 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Prominent research has focused on collaboration and its change through the last decades, from international comparative approaches to relationships between public research organisations and the surrounding society. Within academia, research on collaboration has mostly concerned natural sciences, engineering and technology. Researchers from such disciplines generally possess a more positive attitude to collaboration activities. We aim to add to the research on collaboration with a focus on external and the nature of the internal social capital. This is done by quantitatively analysing a large number of researchers' attitude to collaboration and activity level through a smaller set of questions. The empirical design is exploratory and can be used as a base for the development of further research. The faculties of interest are humanities, social science, and natural science within a multi faculty university. The results demonstrate that professors and researchers from natural science have a more positive attitude towards collaboration. However, researchers from social science are significantly more engaged in collaboration activities than natural scientist. We conclude that the attitude to collaboration and actual participation in collaboration activities not necessarily correlates.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. Vol. 43, no 1, 47-60 p.
Keyword [en]
Collaboration, Social science, Natural science, Humanities, Attitudes, Social capital
National Category
Civil Engineering
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-127433DOI: 10.2457/srs.43.47ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84898459032OAI: diva2:644311
JSRSAI (Japan Section of the Regional Science Association International) special session Academic Knowledge Commercialization, Universities and Regional Economic Development, Tokyo, 6-8 October 2012

QC 20140625. Updated from manuscript to article in journal.

Available from: 2013-08-30 Created: 2013-08-30 Last updated: 2014-06-25Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. No Researcher Is an Island: Collaboration in Higher Education Institutions
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2013 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The developing knowledge economy affects organizations within the innovation system where higher education institutions (HEI) are regarded as a significant part. There is a large amount of research that focus on different aspects of collaboration such as the outcome, the process and its infrastructure. To emphasize HEIs role in the national and regional innovation systems concepts such as Mode 2 and Triple helix, and the Knowledge triangle, have developed. These concepts have also heavily influenced Swedish innovation policy.


This thesis is set to analyze collaboration work between Swedish HEIs and the public and private sectors, and to understand how collaboration: i) occurs in practice in research and undergraduate education; ii) is influenced by policy efforts, and; iii) influence HEI’s internal and external social capital building. Firstly, research and teaching links is analyzed to highlight the integration of collaboration, research and education within specific research profiles. This is because previous research has neglected collaboration and its effect on undergraduate education. Secondly, social capital theory is used as a framework for the analysis. Social capital theory is used to obtain a thorough understanding of individual researchers’ attitude to collaboration and participation in collaboration activities.


The results indicate that short term projects had long-term effects since it established new education programs and projects. Collaboration also effects undergraduate education through research profiles with their integration of research and education in groups within as well as outside the HEI. The results also show that social capital building through top steered initiatives is complex. In the HEIs there was no relation between researchers expressing a positive attitude towards different forms of collaboration and a high participation level in collaboration activities. This suggests that building of external social capital within HEIs is not related to the nature of the internal social capital. There was interfaculty differences in both the researchers’ attitude to collaboration activities and participation in collaboration activities. As expected, professors had more opportunities and ability for collaboration. They also indicated a resistance to use a central infrastructure for collaboration to build external social capital. The opposite was demonstrated for professors from the humanities who had little experience of collaboration. They still did not to use the infrastructure to a large extent. Suggestively policy makers should encourage a more efficient external social capital building through earmarked funding for collaboration on a department level rather than on the HEIs’ central level.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2013. xi, 72 p.
Trita-SOM , ISSN 1653-6126 ; 2013:10
Collaboration; External social capital; Higher Education Institutions; Innovation policy; Innovation system; Internal social capital; Research and teaching links
National Category
Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-127403 (URN)978-91-7501-825-6 (ISBN)
Public defence
2013-09-27, F3, Lindstedsvägen 26, KTH, Stockholm, 09:00 (English)
Available from: 2013-08-30 Created: 2013-08-29 Last updated: 2013-08-30Bibliographically approved

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