Resilience of Interdisciplinary Research Organizations: Case Studies of Preconditions and Life-Cycle Patterns
Establishing the relationships between the preconditions of interdisciplinary research organizations (IDROs)—commonly academic institutions and science organizations—and the possible life cycle given optional external conditions is the central topic in this chapter. The authors conducted case studies of three IDROs, which are not built to deal with particular and detailed problems or collections of problems. Also, they made use three paradigms grounded by the premises of organizational psychology and decision-making processes so as to acquire alternative outlooks and predictions in determining the resilience of IDROs in adapting to dynamic situations. Such conceptual paradigms are the rational-decision approach, the organizational behavior/bounded rationality model, and the political bureaucratic actions prototype. Each theory puts forward the establishment and actualization of specific goals and the search for dependable structures in order to further improve the stability and competence of IDROs.
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