ERIC Number: ED319331
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Apr
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How University Professors Perceive the Profits Associated with Collaboration with External Funding Sources.
An evaluation is provided of study results involving 1,863 professors from five doctoral universities concerning their attitudes towards the costs and rewards that are perceived to exist when collaborating with external funding sources. The study attempts to confirm two hypotheses: first, researchers who are highly dependent on external funding sources will tend to overstate rewards and understate costs associated with collaboration with external organizations more than researchers with low dependency; and second, when facing high levels of dependency on external funding sources, university researchers who rely on private industry support will tend to overstate rewards and understate costs from collaboration with industrial corporations compared to their colleagues who are supported by federal agencies only, or by private non-profit foundations only. Analysis of the results of the responses is made through three theoretical concepts: (1) the measurement of dependency of individuals on external support, (2) researchers' perceptions of costs, and (3) researchers' perceptions of rewards. Implications arising from the results of the survey are discussed from the points of view of the funding sources, the university, and the academic researchers in engineering and bioscience. Contains 8 references. (GLR)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Boston, MA, April 16-20, 1990).