Higher Education Policy

, Volume 31, Issue 4, pp 559–581 | Cite as

Unit Support, Past Experience and Researcher Attitude for Intra-institutional Research Collaboration: Survey Study in a US Doctoral/Research University

  • Michail TsikerdekisEmail author
  • Ning Yu
Original Article

Intra-institutional collaboration is an often neglected type of research collaboration from the literature. This study aimed to understand what factors contribute to this type of collaboration as well as what types of factors can impact negatively the likelihood of this collaboration. We deployed a survey in a US research institution and measured for factors relating to environmental, past researcher behavior and personal research characteristics. We developed a model that demonstrates how these sets variables influence intra-institutional collaboration and developed recommendations for units. Unit support for collaboration and past behavior were found to impact intra-institutional collaboration. Additionally, researcher’s attitudes toward sharing knowledge and resources were also found to impact the likelihood for collaboration within institution.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Computer Science DepartmentWestern Washington UniversityBellinghamUSA
  2. 2.LeidosArlingtonUSA

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