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Can Social Science Be "Co-produced" by Industry?

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The paper aims at better understanding the situation of the social sciences and the humanities in the ‘new mode of knowledge production’ marked by ‘entrepreneurial science,’ etc. This recent development is particularly evident when it comes to research centers to which the bulk of funding comes from actors who demand co-funding from industry.This is the case for several research centers in Swedish university collages. Empirically, the paper consists of inquiries into three such cases characterized not only by frequent co-production with industry, but also to a large extent collaboration between different disciplines, for instance, social and engineering sciences. The purpose is to shed light on the possible tension between industry-relevant research and (social) scientific development; how is co-production with industry perceived by social science researchers and what strategies are developed to handle any problems that may arise as a result of it? The paper also deals with how co-production with industry affects the very epistemological development in the social sciences and the distinction between critical and ‘non-critical’ research, i.e. the sociological and economic traditions in the ’sciences of society.’ The methods used are in-depth interviews with staff at the research centers together with analysis of relevant documents. The areas of social science have not gained as much attention as other fields in science studies, thus this inquiry is well-motivated. It is a work-in-progress paper which is planned to become part of the author’s Ph.D dissertation.
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Fischer, Josefine. "Can Social Science Be "Co-produced" by Industry?" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 4S Annual Meeting - Abstract and Session Submissions, Crowne Plaza Cleveland City Center Hotel, Cleveland, OH, Nov 02, 2011 <Not Available>. 2014-11-25 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p518049_index.html>

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Fischer, J. H. , 2011-11-02 "Can Social Science Be "Co-produced" by Industry?" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 4S Annual Meeting - Abstract and Session Submissions, Crowne Plaza Cleveland City Center Hotel, Cleveland, OH <Not Available>. 2014-11-25 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p518049_index.html

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Abstract: The paper aims at better understanding the situation of the social sciences and the humanities in the ‘new mode of knowledge production’ marked by ‘entrepreneurial science,’ etc. This recent development is particularly evident when it comes to research centers to which the bulk of funding comes from actors who demand co-funding from industry.This is the case for several research centers in Swedish university collages. Empirically, the paper consists of inquiries into three such cases characterized not only by frequent co-production with industry, but also to a large extent collaboration between different disciplines, for instance, social and engineering sciences. The purpose is to shed light on the possible tension between industry-relevant research and (social) scientific development; how is co-production with industry perceived by social science researchers and what strategies are developed to handle any problems that may arise as a result of it? The paper also deals with how co-production with industry affects the very epistemological development in the social sciences and the distinction between critical and ‘non-critical’ research, i.e. the sociological and economic traditions in the ’sciences of society.’ The methods used are in-depth interviews with staff at the research centers together with analysis of relevant documents. The areas of social science have not gained as much attention as other fields in science studies, thus this inquiry is well-motivated. It is a work-in-progress paper which is planned to become part of the author’s Ph.D dissertation.


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