The First Encounter: Framing Research Collaboration Through Screens

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Much work in Science and Technology Studies (STS) assumes that scientists enter
into research collaborations as entities characterized by difference. It is assumed
that in order to collaborate these differences must be aligned. In this paper, I investigate the intriguing role of difference in collaboration by looking at an empirical case of research collaboration between a pharmaceutical company
and a not-­for-­profit research organization. The case raises the question of whether sameness in collaboration is always necessary and, consequently,whether
difference as such is a hindrance to research collaboration. I conclude the paper
by suggesting that if collaboration is in fact not held back by dissimilarities this
suggests a need to rethink the dynamics of science-industry relations.
Original languageEnglish
JournalSTS Encounters - DASTS working paper series
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)175-202
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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