When do researchers collaborate? Toward a model of collaboration propensity

Jeremy P. Birnholtz*

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This exploratory study compares two approaches to understanding the "collaboration propensity" of individual researchers. On the one hand, social comparisons of disciplines would suggest that collaboration is a function of orientation toward individual versus collective responsibility for discovery. A contrasting approach would hold that collaboration depends on the work researchers are engaged in-when it is useful to collaborate, they will do so regardless of the social climate. Results presented here suggest that this latter approach is potentially more powerful but that there are complexities in measurement and operationalization that urge a more nuanced treatment of collaboration propensity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2226-2239
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology
Issue number14
StatePublished - Dec 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Information Systems
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Artificial Intelligence


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