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The Collaborative Era in Science

Governing the Network


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxv
  2. Caroline S. Wagner
    Pages 1-17
  3. Caroline S. Wagner
    Pages 19-35
  4. Caroline S. Wagner
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  5. Caroline S. Wagner
    Pages 87-107
  6. Caroline S. Wagner
    Pages 109-120
  7. Caroline S. Wagner
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  8. Caroline S. Wagner
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  9. Caroline S. Wagner
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  10. Back Matter
    Pages 181-194

About this book


In recent years a global network of science has emerged as a result of thousands of individual scientists seeking to collaborate with colleagues around the world, creating a network which rises above national systems. The globalization of science is part of the underlying shift in knowledge creation generally: the collaborative era in science. Over the past decade, the growth in the amount of knowledge and the speed at which it is available has created a fundamental shift—where data, information, and knowledge were once scarce resources, they are now abundantly available. Collaboration, openness, customer- or problem-focused research and development, altruism, and reciprocity are notable features of abundance, and they create challenges that economists have not yet studied. This book defines the collaborative era, describes how it came to be, reveals its internal dynamics, and demonstrates how real-world practitioners are changing to take advantage of it. Most importantly, the book lays out a guide for policymakers and entrepreneurs as they shift perspectives to take advantage of the collaborative era in order to create social and economic welfare.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Glenn College of Public AffairsThe Ohio State UniversityColumbus, OHUSA

About the authors

Caroline S. Wagner is the Ambassador Milton A. and Roslyn Z. Wolf Chair in the John Glenn School of Public Affairs and an advisor to the Battelle Center for Science and Technology Policy at the Ohio State University, USA. Previously, she served as deputy to the director of the Science & Technology Policy Institute at the RAND Corporation. She is the editor of the journal Science and Public Policy, a Distinguished Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and an elected member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

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“This book explores what that global network is, and Wagner makes suggestions for ways to improve knowledge gathering and diffusion on a global scale. Readers gain valuable insights about how public policy manages the growing and maturing global scientific enterprise, and how clusters and convergence contribute to forming networks of scientific collaboration around the world. Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students, researchers, and professionals.” (J. Gelfand, Choice, Vol. 56 (11), July, 2019)