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1 Governance of team science Wouter Boon, Edwin Horlings and Peter van den Besselaar Wouter Boon | 1 13 June 2012

2 DATUM13 June 2012 Challenges of Grand challenges EU Horizon 2020: Grand Challenges ─E.g. climate change ─Mission-oriented ─‘Wicked’/complex/unstructured problems Challenges to science and innovation system: ─Articulating demands on different levels ─Co-production of knowledge by producers and users Wouter Boon | 2 13 June 2012

3 DATUM13 June 2012 Knowledge co-production… Co-production of knowledge by producers and users ─‘Mode 2’ science ─Organisational heterogeneity, more disciplines, contextualised knowledge production ─Local, context-specific setting (vs. generalisable, global science) Wouter Boon | 3 13 June 2012

4 DATUM13 June 2012 … in teams Initiatives that encompass a large range of scientists, disciplines and locations (Stokols et al., 2008) Teams in projects: autonomous, flexible, innovative, context-specific, delineated goals and time span Wouter Boon | 4 13 June 2012

5 DATUM13 June 2012 Research question There is work on science collaboration and team work Gaps (Bakker, 2010): heterogeneous actors and disciplines; longitudinal perspective; autonomy vs. embeddedness Focus: teams of knowledge producers and users Research question: what conditions contribute to learning in and with these teams? Wouter Boon | 5 13 June 2012

6 DATUM13 June 2012 Science in teams: characteristics Knowledge boundaries: knowledge differences // potential for knowledge integration and innovation Learning boundaries: between project and organisation ─Teams positioned outside existing organisation (“decoupling”) ─Two principals Governance of projects Wouter Boon | 6 13 June 2012

7 DATUM13 June 2012 Conditions of learning in teams Governance of projects: centered vs. distributed leadership, nature of coordination efforts, task partitioning Knowledge integration: team diversity of backgrounds and disciplines, collaborative readiness (absorptive capacity), history of collaboration Embedding team  organisations: incentive system, perceptions of each other’s norms, representativeness Wouter Boon | 7 13 June 2012

8 DATUM13 June 2012 Degree of learning in/with teams Learning within team: first-order and second-order Learning team-to-organisation Wouter Boon | 8 13 June 2012

9 DATUM13 June 2012 Conceptual model Wouter Boon | 2 22 March 2012 Learning Within team and team-to- organisations Project governance Distribution of leadership Coordination efforts Task partitioning Knowledge integration Team diversity Collaborative readiness History of collaboration Embedding team Incentive system Perception of norms Representation

10 DATUM13 June 2012 Case selection Knowledge for Climate Hotspot Mainport Rotterdam (local, rich, networked) 15 projects Wouter Boon | June 2012

11 DATUM13 June 2012 Methodology In-depth interviews Document analysis Analysis in progress: in-depth results of 2 cases Wouter Boon | June 2012

12 DATUM13 June 2012 Case introduction Wouter Boon | June 2012 Urban heat Flood risks in unembanked areas Veerbeek et al. (2010)Heusinkveld et al. (2011)

13 DATUM13 June 2012 Results (1) Wouter Boon | June 2012 Urban heatFlood risks Project governance -LeadershipNetwork with hubLead organisation -CoordinationEquality in teamFormal exchanges -Task partitioningIntegrativeComplementary Knowledge integration -Team diversityDiverse disciplinesSame disciplines -Collaborative readinessResources to collaborate -History of collaborationNew subject; new networkString of previous projects

14 DATUM13 June 2012 Results (2) Wouter Boon | June 2012 Urban heatFlood risks Embedding team -Incentive systemsHome versus team incentives New knowledge and networks -Norm perceptionHigh reflexivity -RepresentationGood Learning -Within teamsNew knowledge; no integration New knowledge; integration -Team-to-organisationNew methods, data and networks Continuous learning

15 DATUM13 June 2012 Conclusions Urban heat ─Integrative and equal governance did not lead to co- production; new field and lots of opportunities created Flood risks ─Previous and continuous collaborations leads to co- production and continuous learning Preliminary conclusion: ‘safe haven’ does not ease ‘home pressure’, continuous learning, representation Wouter Boon | June 2012

16 DATUM13 June 2012 Discussion Expansion to other cases/teams: Monodisciplinary teams Other programmes (less ‘safe harbour’) Other sectors Expansion of methods Bibliometrics, CV analysis Wouter Boon | June 2012

17 DATUM13 June 2012 Wrap up Teams of users and producers co-creating knowledge Governance of projects, knowledge integration, embedding team  organisations as conditions for learning Wouter Boon | June 2012

18 DATUM13 June 2012 Thank you for your attention! Wouter Boon | June 2012


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