Diversity in One Dimension Alongside Greater Similarity in Others: Evidence from FP7 Cooperative Research Teams

IPTS Working Papers on Corporate R&D and Innovation, No 04/2016, Joint Research Centre

16 Pages Posted: 20 Jun 2016

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Alex Coad

European Union - IPTS

Sara Amoroso

European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS)

Nicola Grassano

Joint Research Center of the European Commission

Date Written: June 20, 2016

Abstract

Although diversity between team members may bring benefits of new perspectives, nevertheless, what holds a team together is similarity. We theorise that diversity in one dimension is traded off against diversity in another. Our analysis of collaborative research teams that received FP7 funding presents robust results that indicators of diversity in several dimensions (diversity of organizational form (universities, firms, etc.), diversity in nationality, and inequality in project funding share) are negatively correlated with each other.

Keywords: diversity, collaborative teams, FP7 research funding

JEL Classification: O30, M14, O19

Suggested Citation

Coad, Alex and Amoroso, Sara and Grassano, Nicola, Diversity in One Dimension Alongside Greater Similarity in Others: Evidence from FP7 Cooperative Research Teams (June 20, 2016). IPTS Working Papers on Corporate R&D and Innovation, No 04/2016, Joint Research Centre, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2798141 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2798141

Alex Coad (Contact Author)

European Union - IPTS

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Sara Amoroso

European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS) ( email )

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Nicola Grassano

Joint Research Center of the European Commission

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