Research Networking in Convergence Relations: A Network Analytic Approach to Interdisciplinary Cooperation

연결망 분석을 활용한 인문사회기반 융합연구 구조에 관한 연구: 네트워크 중심성과 중개자 역할을 중심으로

  • 양창훈 (가톨릭관동대학교 공공행정학과) ;
  • 허정은 (한국연구재단 인문사회연구총괄기획팀)
  • Received : 2017.08.31
  • Accepted : 2017.09.19
  • Published : 2017.12.28


Interdisciplinary convergence research is widely seen as a collaborative research between different disciplines, which is often driven by common agenda or problems in pursuit of a particular common objective. Thus, the purpose of interdisciplinary cooperation in convergence research is to bring each discipline's unique perspective together with the academic expertise of researchers in order to share common problems that cannot be solved effectively without research partnership. We present empirical evidence on how interdisciplinary research relationships are formed to facilitate research networking in convergence relations. In particular, we used network analysis to investigate how interdisciplinary linkages and convergence research networks has formed over time. We found that the convergence research networks were implemented by the interdisciplinary convergence research support program as intended. We did find that research field with high indegree and outdegree in a network played critical roles on the dynamics and degree of interdisciplinarity. Finally, we could find evidence that the role of liaison brokers triggered relational dynamics in interdisciplinary research collaboration.


Convergence Research;Interdisciplinary Collaboration;Network Topology;Brokerage;Network Analysis


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