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Cold atoms - Hot research: High risks, high rewards in five different authority structures
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Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Business Studies.
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2014 (English)In: Organizational Transformation And Scientific Change: The Impact Of Institutional Restructuring On Universities And Intellectual Innovation / [ed] Whitley, R; Glaser, J, Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2014, Vol. 42, 203-234 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Bose-Einstein condensation is a scientific innovation in experimental physics whose realisation required considerable time and resources. Its diffusion varied considerably between and within five countries that were comparatively studied. Differences between countries can be explained by the variation in the national communities' absorptive capacities, while within-country differences are due to the impact of authority relations on researchers' opportunities to build protected space for their change of research practices. Beginning experimental research on BoseEinstein condensation required simultaneous access to the university infrastructure for research and to grants. The former is largely limited to professors, while the latter made researchers vulnerable to the majority opinion and decision practices of their national scientific community.

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2014. Vol. 42, 203-234 p.
, Research in the Sociology of Organizations, ISSN 0733-558X ; 42
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Scientific innovation; emergence of fields; authority relations; absorptive capacity; experimental physics; academic careers
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Business Administration
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-221541DOI: 10.1108/S0733-558X20140000042007ISI: 000358162700008ISBN: 9781783506835ISBN: 9781783506842OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-221541DiVA: diva2:709324
Available from: 2014-04-01 Created: 2014-04-01 Last updated: 2016-07-19Bibliographically approved

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