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Reconfiguring Knowledge ProductionChanging Authority Relationships in the Sciences and their Consequences for Intellectual Innovation$
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Richard Whitley, Jochen Gläser, and Lars Engwall

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199590193

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199590193.001.0001

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Mediating Problem Choice

Mediating Problem Choice

Academic Researchers' Responses to Changes in their Institutional Environment

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(p.266) 9 Mediating Problem Choice
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Reconfiguring Knowledge Production
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Liudvika Leišytė

Jürgen Enders

Harry de Boer

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199590193.003.0009

New governance approaches are at the forefront of discussions of public sector reforms, including where they involve academic research where a novel type of institutional environment has been created for most of the actors involved, and also the academic ‘production unit’, be it an individual researcher, a research group, a scientific community, or the academic profession as a whole. This chapter discusses how the interests and preferences of the academics, and the social norms that are considered important for academic research, mediate and influence the effects of these changes. It focuses on the consequences of changing authority relations for practices at the micro-level of academic research, the academic research groups, and researchers.

Keywords:   academic research, academic production unit, authority relations, research groups

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