Collaboration vs. individualism: What is better for the rising academic?

Andrew T. Kemp

5 Scopus citations


In academia, scholarship and research productivity is the lifeblood of success. The question is, "What is the best way to be productive and more forward in a academic career-collaboration or individualism?" Obviously, the final choice is personal. However, for the purpose of this paper, the two sides will be discussed regarding the strengths and weaknesses of each avenue. Recommendations regarding the viability of collaboration and competition will be discussed in relation to personal attributes, career goals, and rank. In addition, a new methodology, tentatively called Layered Narrative, will be piloted with this project.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number100
JournalQualitative Report
Issue number50
StatePublished - Dec 16 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Collaboration
  • Individual achievement
  • Layered narrative
  • Promotion and tenure
  • Research and scholarship

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Education


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