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Collaboration and growth in a large research cooperative: A network analytic approach.

Authors
  • Ducharme, Lori J1
  • Fujimoto, Kayo2
  • Kuo, Jacky2
  • Stewart, Jonathan3
  • Taylor, Bruce4
  • Schneider, John5
  • 1 National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, USA. Electronic address: [email protected].
  • 2 University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Houston, TX, USA.
  • 3 Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, USA.
  • 4 NORC at the University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA.
  • 5 Departments of Medicine and Public Health Sciences, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Evaluation and program planning
Publication Date
Feb 01, 2024
Volume
102
Pages
102375–102375
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.evalprogplan.2023.102375
PMID: 37717400
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

Research networks encourage team science and facilitate collaboration within and across research teams. While many analyses have examined the output of these collaborative networks (e.g., authorship networks, publications, grant applications), less attention has been paid to the formative phases of these initiatives. This article presents analyses of a whole-network survey of investigators participating in a new research initiative, and examines the development of collaborative ties over the network's first year. In particular, we examine the influence of research center affiliation, seniority, and prior network experience on the number and structure of collaborative ties, including participants' bridging and broker roles. Such analyses can inform the overall management of the project in purposefully promoting new collaboration opportunities, and may ultimately predict the number of collaborative products generated by the network members. Published by Elsevier Ltd.

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