Internally Incentivized Interdisciplinarity : Organizational Restructuring of Research and Emerging Tensions

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Salmela , M , MacLeod , M & Munck af Rosenschöld , J 2021 , ' Internally Incentivized Interdisciplinarity : Organizational Restructuring of Research and Emerging Tensions ' , Minerva , vol. 59 , no. 3 , pp. 355–377 . https://doi.org/10.1007/s11024-020-09431-4

Title: Internally Incentivized Interdisciplinarity : Organizational Restructuring of Research and Emerging Tensions
Author: Salmela, Mikko; MacLeod, Miles; Munck af Rosenschöld, Johan
Other contributor: University of Helsinki, Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS)
University of Helsinki, University of Twente
University of Helsinki, Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS)


Date: 2021-09
Language: eng
Number of pages: 23
Belongs to series: Minerva
ISSN: 0026-4695
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11024-020-09431-4
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/333554
Abstract: Interdisciplinarity is widely considered necessary to solving many contemporary problems, and new funding structures and instruments have been created to encourage interdisciplinary research at universities. In this article, we study a small technical university specializing in green technology which implemented a strategy aimed at promoting and developing interdisciplinary collaboration. It did so by reallocating its internal research funds for at least five years to “research platforms” that required researchers from at least two of the three schools within the university to participate. Using data from semi-structured interviews from researchers in three of these platforms, we identify specific tensions that the strategy has generated in this case: (1) in the allocation of platform resources, (2) in the division of labor and disciplinary relations, (3) in choices over scientific output and academic careers. We further show how the particular platform format exacerbates the identified tensions in our case. We suggest that certain features of the current platform policy incentivize shallow interdisciplinary interactions, highlighting potential limits on the value of attempting to push for interdisciplinarity through internal funding.
Subject: 611 Philosophy
Interdisciplinarity
tensions
funding structures
University
platform
incentives
Interdisciplinarity
Tensions
Funding structures
University
Platform
Incentives
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