The organization of interdisciplinary research: Modes, drivers and barriers

Frank Siedlok*, Paul Hibbert

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Although the role and management of interdisciplinary research in knowledge development has received plenty of attention in recent years ambiguity remains, often hindering management efforts. To address this issue, this paper provides an integrated review of extant literature on interdisciplinary research. It focuses on integration processes and the main drivers and barriers to different modes of collaborative interdisciplinary research. The authors propose a different approach to considering interdisciplinary integration, based on two factors: the type of knowledge integration; and the durability of the context of that integration. As a result, four modes of interdisciplinary integration are characterized. The authors then consider how different groups of drivers of, and barriers to, interdisciplinary research affect those types of integration. Overall, the paper provides an integrated perspective for researchers, managers and policy-makers concerned with understanding the organization of interdisciplinary research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)194-210
Number of pages17
JournalInternational Journal of Management Reviews
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Decision Sciences(all)
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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