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Explaining Scientific Collaboration: a General Functional Account

Boyer-Kassem, Thomas and Imbert, Cyrille (2018) Explaining Scientific Collaboration: a General Functional Account. In: UNSPECIFIED.

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Abstract

For two centuries, collaborative research has become increasingly widespread. Various explanations of this trend have been proposed. Here, we offer a novel functional explanation of it. It differs from ac- counts like that of Wray (2002) by the precise socio-epistemic mech- anism that grounds the beneficialness of collaboration. Boyer-Kassem and Imbert (2015) show how minor differences in the step-efficiency of collaborative groups can make them much more successful in particular configurations. We investigate this model further, derive robust social patterns concerning the general successfulness of collaborative groups, and argue that these patterns can be used to defend a general functional account.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Creators:
CreatorsEmailORCID
Boyer-Kassem, Thomasthomas.boyer.kassem@univ-poitiers.fr
Imbert, Cyrillecyrille.imbert@univ-lorraine.fr
Keywords: Scientific Collaboration, Explanation, Priority Rule, Formal philosophy of science, Models, Simulations, Wray
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Complex Systems
Specific Sciences > Computer Science
General Issues > Explanation
General Issues > Models and Idealization
Specific Sciences > Sociology
Depositing User: Cyrille Imbert
Date Deposited: 20 Oct 2018 15:20
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2018 15:20
Item ID: 15171
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Complex Systems
Specific Sciences > Computer Science
General Issues > Explanation
General Issues > Models and Idealization
Specific Sciences > Sociology
Date: October 2018
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/15171

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