It's not only what you know: Simulating research networks in the UK university sector

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Abstract

Our research sought to contribute to the body of knowledge on structurationand network properties through examining network structure in market systemsrequiring differing levels of resource complexity. Simulations were used to modelthe dynamics of university science departments as they link with others in competingfor national grants. Research Assessment Exercise (UK) grant and other researchdata were used to interpret the structural forms observed. Simulations revealedthe network structures that form as a consequence of the increasing complexity ofgrant requirements and imperatives to improve RAE rankings. Our findings suggestthat for those with limited resources, resource specialization can be an effectivestrategy to link with others and build market position. This strategy has value forothers competing in an inimitable market system, and therefore facilitates networkformation. In this context it is the comparative advantage of the network and itsstructural properties that can create improved market position.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-28
Number of pages28
JournalEmergence: Complexity and Organization
Volume16
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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