Author(s)Pereira, Isabel Maria Medalho
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AbstractThis paper is a positive analysis of the driving forces in interdisciplinary research. I take the perspective of a research institution that has to decide how to apply its resources among the production of two types of knowledge: specialized or interdisciplinary. Using a prize mechanism of compensation, I show that the choice of interdisciplinarity is compatible with profit maximization when the requirement for the production is sufficiently demanding, and when the new interdisciplinary field is not too neutral. Productive gains due to complementarities of efforts is the main advantage of interdisciplinary organization.
I am grateful to the fellowship of Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia (Portugal), and to the financial support from BEC2003-01132 (Spain).
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