Institutionalization of University Research Centers: The Case of the National Cooperative Program in Infertility Research

Technovation, Vol. 26, pp. 1055-1063, 2006

9 Pages Posted: 22 Dec 2006 Last revised: 8 Jun 2014

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Jan Youtie

Georgia Institute of Technology

Dirk Libaers

University of Missouri-Kansas City

Barry Bozeman

University of Georgia

Date Written: December 16, 2012

Abstract

This study uses an institutional design theoretical framework and a cross-case analysis qualitative research methodology to consider the National Cooperative Program in Infertility Research (NCPIR) centers as an effort to enhance scientific and technical knowledge by designing institutions (in this case the NCPIR centers) to promote the growth of knowledge by promoting collaboration, building collaborative networks and promoting scientific and technical human capital. In considering the NCPIR centers from an institutional design perspective, we consider their level and type of institutionalization of the centers. Then we seek to assess the extent to which the level and type of institutionalization developed within these centers optimizes the objectives that have been set forth. We found that although the NCPIR centers have some if not many administrative elements found in fully articulated research centers and substantial quantities and varied types of research and training outputs, they are not sufficiently institutionalized to achieve the ambitious and challenging goals of serving as a national infertility research source, national training resource, and national inter-institutional linkages over the long run.

Keywords: Research center, Research management

Suggested Citation

Youtie, Jan and Libaers, Dirk and Bozeman, Barry, Institutionalization of University Research Centers: The Case of the National Cooperative Program in Infertility Research (December 16, 2012). Technovation, Vol. 26, pp. 1055-1063, 2006, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=953150

Jan Youtie (Contact Author)

Georgia Institute of Technology ( email )

Atlanta, GA 30332
United States

Dirk Libaers

University of Missouri-Kansas City ( email )

5110 Cherry St.
Kansas City, MO 64110
United States

Barry Bozeman

University of Georgia ( email )

Athens, GA 30602
United States

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