SVIBOR - Project code: 5-12-053


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Project code: 5-12-053


Main researcher: PRPIĆ, KATARINA (39005)

Type of research: basic
Duration from: 01/01/91. to 12/31/94.

Papers on project (total): 29
Papers on project quoted in Current Contents: 1
Institution name: Institut za društvena istraživanja, Zagreb (100)
Department/Institute: Unit for the Sociology of Science
Address: Amruševa 8/III
City: 10000 - Zagreb, Croatia
Phone: 385 (0) 01/430-675 430-775
Fax: 385 (0) 01 433-298

Summary: Scientific results achieved by the project team during the period 1991/95 have been published on 1470 pages of various publications - including four books and two doctoral dissertations. Another valuable indicator of the intensity of project team's scientific activity concerns scientific promotions of the team members and their improved research qualifications. Scientific activity within the project has been founded on original empirical material, beginning with data gathered in 1990 survey on a sample of 921 Croatian researchers. In spite of insufficient financial support, two empirical studies were carried out: 1) mail-survey on a sample of 169 most successful Croatian business organizations ensured the first sociological data on privatization (in 1993); 2) the first sociological (questionnaire) study of scientists' ethics on a sample of 386 eminent Croatian scientists (in the spring of 1995). The main scientific contributions of the project have been as follows; a) new knowledge of social and cognitive (disciplinary) factors of scientific productivity; b) deeper (empirical) insight into the structure and hierarchy of scientists' work values; c) synthesis of the studies on external migrations of scientists; d) redefinition of scientists' professional ethics at both levels: normative and behavioural; e) new scientific insight into the innovative activities of economic subjects and into the process of privatization; f) new understanding of the theoretical foundation as well as the real performances of the dominant world models of financing R&D.

Keywords: sociology of science, (social) studies of science and technology, science and technology policy studies, social system of science, normative structure (ethos) of science, professional ethics of scientists, scientific productivity, scientific creativity, work values of scientists, brain drain, external migrations of scientists, technological development, innovation system, privatization, management, enterpreneurship, governing science and technology, research policy, allocation of resources to R&D, criteria for choice in scientific and developmental research.

Research goals: The project has been oriented towards acquiring knowledge of essential features and determinants of the main elements of scientific and technological potential: scientific/research personnel, science (and technology) policies and innovation subsystem of economy. The expected theoretical and empirical contributions have been acomplished as follows: 1) new knowledge of scientific/research personnel, specially of: a) social and cognitive determinants of their scientific productivity; b) their psychological, actually motivational profile; c) characteristics and factors (both social and motivational) of their (potential) emigration; 2) deeper comprehension of basic (social and cognitive) elements of scientific ethos and empirical insight into the scientists' professional ethics at both levels - of their values and of their behaviour; 3) understanding internal (scientific) as well as external (social) factors of directing scientific and technological activities, especially the dominant models of financing R&D as crucial instruments of science and technology policies; 4) identification of types and factors of the relationship between business orientations and tehnologically innovative activities of economic subjects, and deeper insight into the essential economic and social frame of the said relation - the process of privatization. These scientific contributions (including 2 doctorates), based on 3 empirical investigations (carried out in 1990, 1993 and 1995), have been achieved in spite of apsolutely insufficient project's finacing.

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