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Network Analysis of Connectivities among the Disciplines of Convergence Researchers: Cases of Convergence Research Groups in a University

융합연구자 학제 간 연결성에 관한 네트워크 분석: 대학 내 융합연구그룹의 사례

Song, In Han;Kim, Hye Jin
송인한;김혜진

  • Received : 2018.10.31
  • Accepted : 2019.04.20
  • Published : 2019.04.28

Abstract

The importance and necessity of convergence research to solve complexity and diversity of research problems is more increasing. For successful convergence research, connectivity beyond the boundary and distance between disciplines is a key factor. To understand the current status and characteristics of connectivity among researchers, we investigated the interdisciplinary relationships among 487 researchers' disciplines in a university by using network anaylsis. The results showed that (1) connectivity between similar disciplines were higher than different disciplines, (2) the density and cohesion level of connectivity within the same campuses were higher, and (3) network centrality was concentrated in engineering and medicine. Based on these results, the necessity of overcoming boundaries and distances as obstacles to convergence research and the necessity of diversification of centrality were proposed. While previous studies mainly analyzed the research outcomes, this study is meaningful because it analyzed researchers' connectivity and collaborative structures in the actual convergence research procedures.

Keywords

Convergence research;Network analysis;Connectivity;Interdisciplinary Boundary

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Acknowledgement

Supported by : 연세대학교, 한국연구재단