Knowledge and Networking: On Communication in the Social Sciences

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Success and career growth in academic life depend upon reaching and influencing the widest audience possible. To do so, scientists strive to develop personalized trust. They do so by establishing a large number of connections through networking and also through the strength of their arguments and the validity and reliability of their research. To secure increasingly rare tenure positions and achieve salary increases, promotions, and recognition, scholars place themselves on a continuum of priorities ranging from total emphasis on networking to complete focus on advancing knowledge, trying to find some middle ground between the two extremes.

Anton Oleinik argues that when scholars prioritize networking, science reproduces features of a "small world," in which personal connections prevail. Who knows whom matters more than who knows what. In this scenario, one's status derives more from affiliation with a specific group of scholars or a particular university than from contributing to advancing knowledge. Acknowledging that it would be a mistake to consider networking the main source of evils in science, Oleinik instead criticizes the decisions scholars make while struggling to find that middle ground between networking and advancing knowledge, and managing conflicts between these priorities.

The fierce competition for increasingly scarce research funds, and the difficulty of finding jobs in academia underlines the growing importance of the choices made by an academic. Though Oleinik focuses particularly on the social sciences, his ideas are just as relevant to other disciplinary areas.

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Anton Oleinik is professor of sociology at the Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada and a leading research fellow at the Central Economics and Mathematics Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences.  

 


 

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“Anton Oleinik has produced an innovative study on the importance that institutional structures have on communication between scholars working in social sciences. He applies the tool of transactions developed by Institutional economists, particularly John R. Commons, to explain how those institutions shape the outcomes of scholarship. . . . Scholars, especially those beginning their careers, would gain from studying Oleinik’s insights.  I wish this book had been available when I began my career.”

—Glen Atkinson, emeritus professor of economics, University of Nevada, Reno

"[C]overs the basics of how scientists and scholars utilize networks to further not just careers but studies and theories, and how a focus on prioritizing networking opportunities serves to diminish professional pursuits in favor of personal connection. Chapters provide insights on status, group affiliation, and the decisions scholars make when juxtaposing the benefits of networking with its detriments. In the competition for research funding and academic status, knowledge networking plays a pivotal role: one certain to affect objective decision-making processes. Knowledge & Networking is an important consideration for any interested in understanding the pros and cons of the entire process."

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