Good partners are hard to find: The search for and selection of collaborators in the health sciences

Heiko Spallek, Titus Schleyer, Brian S. Butler

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Abstract

Choosing the most appropriate collaborators is becoming increasingly crucial to biomedical research as many research questions evolve into complex and multidisciplinary projects. Despite a growing emphasis on translational and interdisciplinary research, little is known about how biomedical researchers form collaborations. We conducted 27 semistructured interviews with scientists from the University of Pittsburgh, used grounded theory methodology to identify major themes, and compared these themes to the literature in order to develop a model of how biomedical researchers establish collaborations. We identify and discuss four major aspects of collaboration: motivation for collaboration, evaluation of prospective collaboration partners, search and selection, and barriers to collaboration formation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - 4th IEEE International Conference on eScience, eScience 2008
Pages462-467
Number of pages6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2008
Event4th IEEE International Conference on eScience, eScience 2008 - Indianapolis, IN, United States
Duration: Dec 7 2008Dec 12 2008

Publication series

NameProceedings - 4th IEEE International Conference on eScience, eScience 2008

Other

Other4th IEEE International Conference on eScience, eScience 2008
CountryUnited States
CityIndianapolis, IN
Period12/7/0812/12/08

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Software

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Spallek, H., Schleyer, T., & Butler, B. S. (2008). Good partners are hard to find: The search for and selection of collaborators in the health sciences. In Proceedings - 4th IEEE International Conference on eScience, eScience 2008 (pp. 462-467). [4736850] (Proceedings - 4th IEEE International Conference on eScience, eScience 2008). https://doi.org/10.1109/eScience.2008.105