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Journal Article:

Author(s) :

 

Mazur, A., & Boyko, E.

Date of Publication :

 

1981

Article Title :

 

Large-scale ocean research projects: What makes them succeed or fail?

Journal Title :

 

Social Studies of Science

Volume ID :

 

11

Pages(s) :

 

425-449

Abstract :

 

Five 'Big Science" oceanographic research projects were studied, each involving scientists from multiple institutions and disciplines attempting to focus their work on a common research goal. Descriptions of each project, compiled from interviews with participants, were compared in order to learn why some project succeeded and others did not. The following factors did not differentiate the more and less successful projects: their formal organizations; the degree of social friction among scientific personnel; and communication problems. These factors did differentiate them: the source of origin of the research problem; the quality and interest of participating scientists; the presence of a persistent core of scientific leaders; and the degree of project independence from the funding agency.

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