Collaboration network patterns and research performance: the case of Korean public research institutions
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This study examines the impact of collaborating patterns on the R&D performance of public research institutions (PRIs) in Korea’s science and engineering fields. For the construction of R&D collaborating networks based on the co-authorship data of 127 institutions in Scopus, this paper proposes four types of collaborations by categorizing network analyses into two dimensions: structural positions (density, efficiency, and betweeness centrality) and the relational characteristics of individual nodes (eigenvector and closeness centralities). To explore the research performance by collaboration type, we employ a data envelopment analysis window analysis of a panel of 23 PRIs over a 10-year period. Comparing the R&D productivities of each group, we find that the PRIs of higher productivity adhere to a cohesive networking strategy, retaining intensive relations with their existing partners. The empirical results suggest that excessively cohesive alliances might end up in ‘lock-in’ relations, hindering the exploitation of new opportunities for innovation. These findings are implicit in relation to the Korean Government’s R&D policies on collaborating strategies to produce sustained research results with the advent of the convergence research era.
KeywordsCollaboration pattern R&D performance Social network analysis Science policy DEA window
Mathematical Subject Classification (2000)90B50
JEL ClassificationO32 O33
The authors acknowledge that this work was supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea Grant funded by the Korean Government (NRF-2011-330-B00046).
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