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Mediating Problem Choice

Liudvika Leišytė, Jürgen Enders and Harry de Boer

in Reconfiguring Knowledge Production

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780199590193
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191723445 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199590193.003.0009
Mediating Problem Choice

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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

Chapter.  10132 words. 

Subjects: Public Management and Administration

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