Recursive Interaction and the Dynamics of Knowledge Production in Research Groups: An Empirical Simulation of Knowledge Production

  • Wolfgang Krohn
  • Günter Küppers
  • Wolf Nowack
Part of the Springer Series in Synergetics book series (SSSYN, volume 58)


The last 10 years have seen a change in the study of the processes of scientific knowledge production in research on science:1 They are no longer only being studied indirectly through interviews and qualitative and quantitative analysis of written documents (publications) but directly through observation of research activity in laboratories. These so-called “laboratory studies”2 have lastingly shaken some of the received views on scientific development, particularly those based on the existence of a special scientific rationality. Empirical observation of communication and cooperation in day-to-day research has reported complex negotiation procedures (Knorr-Cetina, 1984, p. 197), flexible opportunism (Knorr, 1984; Krohn, 1988), and rhetorical skills (Myers, 1985, 1986), while stringent procedures that could form the basis for confirming and rejecting rational discourse have rarely been reported.


Science System Knowledge Production Group Task Recursive Operating Board Game 
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  • Wolfgang Krohn
  • Günter Küppers
  • Wolf Nowack

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