Collaboration and team science: a field guide

Purpose:

  • To provide practical guidance on collaboration in research teams for:
    • "Scientists participating in or leading a research team
    • Researchers becoming involved in or building a research team
    • Graduate courses and programs designed to focus on or integrate team science and interdisciplinary research into their learning and using it as a base text
    • Faculty development offices who have provided it to faculty to enhance their understanding of working collaboratively and for their professional growth.”

Description: The Collaboration and Team Science Field Guide (now in its second edition) is divided into 13 chapters with supportive case studies, covering:

  1. Engaging in team science: What is a scientific research team?
  2. Preparing yourself for team science: The value of self-reflection; understanding personality types; giving and receiving feedback; and, the value of mentorship.
  3. Leading research teams: Leadership dimensions.
  4. Building a research team: Launching a team; and, setting expectations.
  5. Trust: How to foster trust amoung team members; types of trust; psychological safety; and, creating the foundation for trust and psychological safety.
  6. Vision: how to develop a shared vision.
  7. Communication: How to communicate about science; and, promoting disagreement.
  8. Credit and sharing: How to give recognition and share credit; organizational recognition and reward; how to approach recognition and reward; recognition, review and reward; and, Catch 22 for the tenure-track scientist.
  9. Managing difference: How to harness diversity in team science.
  10. Conflict is normal: Understanding conflict; and, how to engage with conflict.
  11. Sustaining and strengthening the team: How to strengthen team dynamics; and, one bad apple.
  12. Navigating and leveraging networks and systems: The team as a system - social network analysis.
  13. Fun: Enjoying collaboration.

Additional materials in the field guide cover:

  • Top ten take-aways for succesful team collaboration
  • Appendixes:
    • Collaborative agreement questions (prenup for scientists).
    • Welcome to my team letter template.
    • Offer letter/pre-tenure agreement template.

Reference: Bennett, L. M., Gadlin, H., Marchand, C. (2018). Collaboration and Team Science Field Guide. 2nd edn., National Institutes of Health Publication No. 18-7660, National Cancer institute, Bethesda, Unites States of America. Full text online at: https://www.cancer.gov/about-nci/organization/crs/research-initiatives/team-science-field-guide/collaboration-team-science-guide.pdf (850KB PDF). Landing page for the tool can be found at: https://www.cancer.gov/about-nci/organization/crs/research-initiatives/team-science-field-guide.

 
Digital Poster: Bennett, L. M., Levine-Finley, S. and Gadlin, H. (2013). Collaboration and team science: a field guide, digital poster #613, from the First Global Conference on Research Integration and Implementation Canberra, Australia, online and at co-conferences in Germany, the Netherlands and Uruguay, 8-11 September, 2013. You can access this digital poster as a powerpoint presentation or pdf: http://i2sconference.digitalposter.com.au/posters-list/613.
 
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Posted: November 2014
Last modified: June 2018

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