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The role of German universities in a system of joint knowledge generation and innovation

Mirja Meyborg

9. Hypotheses and Methodology concerning the three different Groups of German Universities

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As already introduced in chapter four, the German universities are further classified in three different groups, which are as follows:

  • Technical and non-technical universities63
  • Medical and non-medical universities64
  • Elite and non-elite universities65.

This chapter now develops all relevant hypotheses regarding their collaboration behaviour for knowledge and innovation, distinguishing between the three different groups of German universities with the aim to draw differences regarding their individual behaviour. Thereby, special attention is again put on the spatial distribution of the German university co-authors with the overall aim to identify particular behavioural patterns in this regard, too.

This chapter starts with the overall question to what extent cooperation patterns differ for the German universities with different functional orientations. Thereby, the overall hypothesis is as follows:

Hypothesis 4: Cooperation patterns differ in case of considering the three different groups ...


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