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What keeps science spiralling? Unravelling the critical success factors of knowledge creation in university research

A. Markus Travaille and Paul H. J. Hendriks
Higher Education
Vol. 59, No. 4 (April 2010), pp. 423-439
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40602410
Page Count: 17
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What keeps science spiralling? Unravelling the critical success factors of knowledge creation in university research
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Abstract

Based on Nonaka's knowledge spiral, this paper examines how processes of knowledge creation contribute to success in academia. It presents the outcomes of an indepth exploration of the workings of the knowledge spiral in a university research institute.The research shows the outstanding but undervalued importance of socialization processes.It also shows that, while research success is typically defined at the interplay of the individual, group and institutional levels, in the institute that was examined none of the four knowledge creation processes (socialization, externalization, combination and internalization) appears to run smoothly at the institutional level.

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