Research institutes as hybrid organizations: central challenges to their legitimacy

Via Scoop.itDUALimpact

The 2011 special issue of Policy Sciences includes papers on the Reconciling the Supply of and Demand for Research in the Science of Science and Innovation Policy.   One of the articles (by Magnus Gulbrandsen) is about Research institutes as hybrid organizations, defined as organizations involved in research anddevelopment but outside of the higher education sector and often in close cooperation withusers.  The paper argues thatinstitutes can be considered ‘‘hybrid organizations’’, caught in between dichotomouscultural spheres with differing values. To retain their hybridity and to survive in the longrun, research institutes need to create and sustain organizational legitimacy by establishingcongruence with values from these different spheres. The paper discusses how institutes tryto establish legitimacy in the science–non-science dimension and the public–privatedimension and that these attempts sometimes come into conflict with one another. Theframework of the legitimacy of hybrid organizations could constitute a fruitful startingpoint for a discussion of the future place of research institutes in society. http://sciencepolicy.colorado.edu/publications/special/sip_gulbrandsen.pdf
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RMIMR is my virtual playground, a place to reflect on issues from my professional context, my job as Policy Director at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM). RSM is the international university based business school at Erasmus University Rotterdam. More info here: www.rsm.nl Here is my list of relevant publications on the topic of my RMIMR weblog: http://www.mendeley.com/collections/694621/RMIMR-Repository/ The rss feed for my RMIMR collection is here: http://www.mendeley.com/collections/rss/694621/ Here is my other weblog on impact of research: http://www.scoop.it/t/dualimpact

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