Cooperation Systems in Research Networks - Case Evidence of Network (Mis)Fit and Adoption Challenges

Riemer, Kai; vom Brocke, Jan; Richter, Daniel; Große Böckmann, Stefan


University research is increasingly organised in inter-organisational networks. As part of its 6th research framework, the European Commission (EC) funded a total of 130 so called networks of excellence (NoEs), a special kind of network with the purpose of strengthening and developing community, scientific and technological excellence by way of integrating existing and emerging research activities and by exchanging knowledge. In such NoEs electronic collaboration platforms are typically implemented to support collaboration between the individuals from the various research institutions. In this paper we investigate the adoption of a collaboration platform in one NoE case - the GARNET network. We find evidence that the platform is used for administrative purposes and to support the organisation of events. However, a web log analysis reveals a lack of adoption for its actual purpose – the support of collaborative research and knowledge exchange. A social network analysis further uncovers that the GARNET network is very fragmented on the social level, which points to a misfit between network structure and the positioning of the collaboration platform. Our findings lead us to suggest immediate next steps for this NoE and also point to general implications for network designers and future research in the domain

Research networks; Networks of Excellence (NoE); Cooperation systems; Adoption; Social Network Analysis (SNA)

Publication type
Forschungsartikel in Online-Sammlung (Konferenz)

Peer reviewed

Publication status


16th European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS 2008)



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