Title page for ETD etd-06102012-040607

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Oei, Hong Lim
URN etd-06102012-040607
Title The influence of social factors on the performance of a center :a case study of the "University Research Center"
Degree Master of Science
Department Science and Technology Studies
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Downey, Gary L. Committee Chair
Hirsh, Richard F. Committee Member
Oehler, Kay Committee Member
Paterson, Robert A. Committee Member
  • Research institutes
Date of Defense 1989-05-15
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Factors involved in the development and performance of interdisciplinary university based research centers were

investigated by an analytical case study of one such center, the "University Research Center" (URC). A description of URC's life cycle and the various factors that affected its performance is presented. The sociocognitive ideals of

university-based research centers emphasized the promotion

of interdisciplinary research and education. The

organizational reality, however, showed that a variety of

other factors, both internal and external to a center, may

significantly influence its operations. Factors internal to

URC included leadership, support of loyal participants and

their motivations to participate in interdisciplinary research. External factors included the effects of

university departments and the availability of funds. The

interpretation of these factors made it possible to

construct generalizations about the organizational

characteristics of university-based research centers. In

order to function effectively, a university-based research

center must manage its sociocognitive ideals and its organizational characteristics simultaneously and with some degree of balance.

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