The point of collaboration is to combine different skills and attributes. But collaborators do not just come with desirable differences to be harnessed. Some differences get in the way of collaboration and must be managed for the research to proceed.
Shares tips for collaboration between HASS (Humanities, Arts and Social Science) and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Medicine/Mathematics) sectors based on experience undertaking research on water-related issues.
“The Collaboration Success Wizard is an on-line diagnostic survey for geographically distributed collaborations. The survey probes factors that may strengthen or weaken the collaboration. The Wizard provides both personal and project-level reports to help build successful and productive collaborative projects.”
Individual competencies for interdisciplinary research collaboration were identified using a Delphi method which drew on expert opinion. Twenty-four competencies were identified in the following five clusters:
intrapersonal, including broad intellectual curiosity and an open mind
A list of questions for scientific collaborators helps identify - before collaborating - core issues such as authorship, adding additional collaborators, and identification of who does what in the collaboration.
The Toolbox consists of a series of questions to probe team member views on the practice of science and acts as a stimulus for discussion. Questions cover motivation, methodology, confirmation, objectivity, values and reductionism and emergence.
The methods in the td-net toolbox for co-producing knowledge are useful for bringing together different perspectives on a problem, recognising that not only individuals but also social groups have different ways of thinking about issues.