The Organization of Interdisciplinary Research: Modes, Drivers and Barriers

17 Pages Posted: 9 Apr 2014

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Frank Siedlok

University of Auckland Business School

Paul Hibbert

University of Strathclyde - Strathclyde Business School

Date Written: April 2014

Abstract

Although the role and management of interdisciplinary research in knowledge development has received plenty of attention in recent years ambiguity remains, often hindering management efforts. To address this issue, this paper provides an integrated review of extant literature on interdisciplinary research. It focuses on integration processes and the main drivers and barriers to different modes of collaborative interdisciplinary research. The authors propose a different approach to considering interdisciplinary integration, based on two factors: the type of knowledge integration; and the durability of the context of that integration. As a result, four modes of interdisciplinary integration are characterized. The authors then consider how different groups of drivers of, and barriers to, interdisciplinary research affect those types of integration. Overall, the paper provides an integrated perspective for researchers, managers and policy‚Äźmakers concerned with understanding the organization of interdisciplinary research.

Suggested Citation

Siedlok, Frank and Hibbert, Paul, The Organization of Interdisciplinary Research: Modes, Drivers and Barriers (April 2014). International Journal of Management Reviews, Vol. 16, Issue 2, pp. 194-210, 2014, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2422660 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ijmr.12016

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