Notes on challenges in benchmarking best practice in research collaboration in success

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Title: Notes on challenges in benchmarking best practice in research collaboration in success
Author: Hansson, Finn
Abstract: In the summary of the project as well as in the overall description for the SUCCESS project it is stated, that ‘benchmarking of past and ongoing collaborations’ serve as a tool to develop new and improved models of governance for large integrated projects. The reference to benchmarking as key tool to develop new models makes it necessary to have a closer look into the pro and cons for using this specific tool. A number of recent studies of science policy in Europe have taken a closer look into the system of benchmarking in this field. These studies, discussed later in this paper, have pointed to the fact that a reliable benchmarking exercise demand a strict data input very often impossible in science and innovation collaborations because of the very nature of these endeavours, the open and risky character of new knowledge as well as the unpredictable time. If we include the fact that collaborations all have their own history and do not represent some kind of representativeness of a science or R&D field but the opposite, are selected by pre-knowledge, a number of serious question to the use of a traditional benchmarking approach has been announced. What we can use from the benchmarking procedures is the idea of a systematic recording of knowledge of best practices analysed and interpreted by expert groups.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10398/6391
Date: 2009-01-21

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