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A Consortium Approach to Marine Science


The Origins of VIMS and Its Consortium Approach

Benefits and Problems of a Consortium Approach

Realizing the Benefits, Overcoming the Problems

VIMS' Role in the Consortium

Building on the Consortium Approach




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Benefits and Problems of a Consortium Approach (continued)

On the other hand, there are actual or potential problems with a consortium approach. They include:
  • Establishing sound practical linkages (as opposed to in-principle, strategic fit) between the objectives of all the organizations, in order to cement relationships among them.

  • The need to respect autonomy of management processes and decision-making, while at the same time enabling the consortium to act as a collective voice.

  • Difficulties in securing commitment from each organization, effectively in advance, so that resources and people will be available to participate in opportunities which are negotiated in the name of the consortium.

  • Ownership and control of intellectual property arising through research collaborations.

Organisations in Australian Science at Work - Victorian Institute of Marine Sciences

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Hammond, Laurie 1992 'A Consortium Approach to Marine Science', Education, Antarctica, Marine Science and Australia's Future: Proceedings of the Phillip Law 80th Birthday Symposium, 23 April 1992, Royal Society of Victoria, pp. 63-70.

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