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Individual careers and collective research: is there a paradox?

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Collective research has been emphasised for several years. It takes different forms collaboration among researchers of the same team, collaboration between academics to achieve a particular discovery and collaboration between researchers from private and public organisations to pool complementary assets and capabilities. Even if these collaborations appear to produce economic wealth, they can be contrary to the individual interests of researchers in academia who are selected, recruited and evaluated on an individual basis. This papers deals with this apparent paradox.

Keywords: scientists', careers, academics, PhD, collaboration, competition, public sector research, university-industry relations

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