Measuring Personal Networks and Their Relationship with Scientific Production

  • Villanueva-Felez A
  • Molas-Gallart J
  • Escribá-Esteve A
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Abstract

The analysis of social networks has remained a crucial and yet understudied aspect of the efforts to measure Triple Helix linkages. The Triple Helix model aims to explain, among other aspects of knowledge-based societies, "the current research system in its social context" (Etzkowitz and Leydesdorff 2000:109). This paper develops a novel approach to study the research system from the perspective of the individual, through the analysis of the relationships among researchers, and between them and other social actors. We develop a new set of techniques and show how they can be applied to the study of a specific case (a group of academics within a university department). We analyse their "informal" social networks and show how a relationship exists between the characteristics of an individual's network of social links and his or her research output.

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  • Academic network
  • Embeddedness
  • Research output

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