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Information behaviour in research network building by relocated scholars in Swedish higher education: a report on a pilot project
University of Borås, Swedish School of Library and Information Science.
University of Borås, Swedish School of Library and Information Science.
2008 (English)In: Information research, ISSN 1368-1613, E-ISSN 1368-1613, Vol. 13, no 4Article in journal (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Introduction. A pilot investigation is reported into the information behaviour of scholars relocating to Sweden in building their research networks. Method. Using activity theory as a conceptual framework for the study, structured interviews (using mainly open questions) were carried out with eight scholars in different disciplines and institutions. The resulting data were analysed using the qualitative analysis package Atlas. ti. Results. Information systems and technologies play little part in the information behaviour of relocated scholars in building, or re-building, their research support networks. Integration into the academic institution is easier than integration into Swedish society and language issues arise mainly in respect of the latter. Conclusion. Re-located scholars adopt interpersonal communication as the dominant information behaviour in building their research networks. They are aided, in Sweden, by the generally welcoming and supportive atmosphere of their departments (although one respondent in the social sciences noted problems of conflict), but experience difficulty in establishing social networks within Swedish society.

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University of Sheffield , 2008. Vol. 13, no 4
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-2532Local ID: 2320/4484OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hb-2532DiVA: diva2:870626
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