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From collaborative to institutional reflexivity: Calibrating responsibility in the funding process

Grimpe, Barbara; Stahl, Bernd Carsten; Ten Holter, Carolyn; Inglesant, Philip; Eden, Grace; Patel, Menisha; Jirotka, Marina


Barbara Grimpe

Carolyn Ten Holter

Philip Inglesant

Grace Eden

Menisha Patel

Marina Jirotka


Science–policy organisations are expected to be reflexive of their political influence on research and society. In this long-standing discourse on institutional reflexivity, formal organisations have largely been considered as a whole, and from a structural, or systemic perspective, whereas much less is known about everyday organisational practices; how individual organisational members reflect on and act upon their own as well as their organisation’s limits of knowledge and pre-commitments, if at all. We address this gap through an analysis of qualitative interviews with one national funding institution’s staff overseeing funding for research into information and communication technologies. We develop a bridging concept between individual and institutional reflexivity, which we call ‘collaborative reflexivity’. Through collaborative reflexive processes, individual employees contribute to the entire organisation’s institutional reflexivity. Our findings help to better understand ‘responsible’ behaviour in funding processes, as part of the growing international movement of Responsible Research and Innovation.


Grimpe, B., Stahl, B. C., Ten Holter, C., Inglesant, P., Eden, G., Patel, M., & Jirotka, M. (2020). From collaborative to institutional reflexivity: Calibrating responsibility in the funding process. Science and Public Policy, 47(5), 720-732.

Journal Article Type Article
Online Publication Date Oct 15, 2020
Publication Date 2020-10
Deposit Date Jan 1, 2023
Journal Science and Public Policy
Print ISSN 0302-3427
Electronic ISSN 1471-5430
Publisher Oxford University Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 47
Issue 5
Pages 720-732
Keywords Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law; Public Administration; Geography, Planning and Development
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