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Cross-boundary collaboration: behaviour, motivation, and knowledge transfer - professional network in the Dutch water sector

Wen, B. (2011) Cross-boundary collaboration: behaviour, motivation, and knowledge transfer - professional network in the Dutch water sector.

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Abstract

The water cycle related knowledge infrastructure encompasses research activities in the different water sectors, which are drinking water production and distribution, sewerage and waste water treatment. A unique and coherent infrastructure has been developed over time. It comprises a diversity of scientific specializations ranging from desalination and purification techniques to integrated water resource management. It also harbors a wide variety of actors from societal sectors, namely: government, universities, applied research institutes, private R&D teams, and industries. Cross-boundary collaboration is believed to be important to tackle today’s water challenges in a globalized economy. Indeed we witness a diversity of actors collaborating in knowledge production, exchange and use. In these interactions actors engage in relationships in which they cross water-sector and societal-sector boundaries and produce new knowledge (which some label as mode 2 knowledge or transdisciplinary knowledge). However, we do not precisely know: what the water cycle knowledge infrastructure looks like today and how it has developed over time; which boundaries actually exist and are being crossed; what the effective on-the-ground strategies are of those who are crossing boundaries and fulfill the role of knowledge brokers. With our study we aim to tackle these questions...

Item Type:Lecture
Institutes:Rathenau instituut
ID Code:9990
Deposited On:22 Dec 2011 16:55
Last Modified:22 Dec 2011 16:55

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