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ERIC Number: EJ1193616
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1081-4760
Facilitating Collaboration across Disciplinary and Sectoral Boundaries: Application of a Four-Step Strategic Intervention
Lash-Marshall, Whitney G.; Nomura, Christopher T.; Eck, Kimberly; Hirsch, Paul D.
Issues in Interdisciplinary Studies, n35 p200-220 2017
This article describes a strategic intervention to empower interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research groups to develop strategies for overcoming barriers to the collaborative process. We report on an application of the intervention with a team of researchers working on the development of "green materials" to reduce energy consumption in manufacturing processes. The intervention consisted of: (1) pairing team leaders with external facilitators; (2) identifying barriers to fruitful collaboration; (3) writing strategic operating agreements; and (4) developing collaborative visualizations of the research process. The results indicate that focusing the collective intelligence of diverse researchers inwards, on the research process itself, can provide tangible benefits.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New York