Assignment #1

The research enterprise of a leading academic institution is a complex system of human, physical and digital infrastructures that functions to support the production of new knowledge and the advancement and training of research practitioners.”

I agree with the general idea of this statement, but disagree with several of the words used in the sentence. I do not believe “enterprise” is a sufficient word to represent the idea I am interpreting from this statement. When I think of “enterprise,” I think of a company or a business within an industry, such as a computing system enterprise like the intranet. I think a more appropriate word could be “process” in order to describe the steps that need to be taken for successful research in a leading academic institution.

I agree with the adjective, “complex” in that most research is not straight forward and concrete. Once you take one step in one direction, it could potentially lead to several other steps in various directions; there is always something new to discover or infer about any topic.

In class, a peer argued that “human” should not be included in this statement. Although humans are behind the physical and digital infrastructures of research, they could not operate without humans there to create, run, and troubleshoot the physical and digital infrastructures.

I agree with the last section of the statement in that these infrastructures all provide research practitioners with new knowledge and ideas to research, hypothesize, and test with.

Although this statement is fairly simple, I believe the author succeeded in touching on all details and aspects in explaining a “research enterprise of a leading academic institution.”

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