Recent work has started to study the global structure of large-scale collaboration networks in the natural sciences (Newman, 2001; Newman, 2003) but has not attempted to explain the features and the evolution of such networks with respect to scientific practice. In fact the exchange of ideas, research questions, methods and tacit knowledge is only possible in structurally cohesive networks like research groups in an organizational setting.Current research in the sociology of knowledge suggests that the set of ideas one holds to be true is largely a function of the group of people one interacts with and references to authorities recognized by the group (Moody, 2004). The co-authorship on papers implies that there has been collaboration between scientists, which could connote a research group, if the researchers belong to the same organization. It has been shown that in such networks the connections are based on homophily, meaning similar research interests (McPherson et. al., 2001) and stability, meaning that two scientists that collaborated they have been trusting each other (Newman, 2003).
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|Data di pubblicazione:||2007|
|Titolo:||Research groups evolution in a Foreign Language Department|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||Abstract in Atti di Convegno|
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