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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. Whether a difference is useful or problematic depends on the particulars of the collaboration. There […]
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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. Provides an analogy with marriage-like relationships, starting with “blind to the faults, keen on the charms”, moving on to dealing with differences and conflicts, accepting each other’s imperfections […]
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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 […]
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“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.” The survey tool is only available on application, but can be used for past, present […]
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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 disciplinary awareness and exchange, including assumptions, limitations and contributions of own and other disciplines processes of integration, including integration of […]
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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 rationale is: “People often assume that since they share an interest in the same research area and have complementary skills and areas of expertise, […]
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There are four major areas where complications arise in collaborative research: expectations, assumptions, standards and values, and work habits. Topics covered include: communicate early and often to pre-empt conflict develop agreements – collaborative research agreements or prenuptials, offer letters and pretenure agreements, “welcome to my team” letters communicating encouraging others to speak up active listening […]
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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. This philosophically structured dialogue can be used to uncover worldviews that frame what investigators see, what priorities they set, […]
Reflections by 14 teams linking health and social scientists identified key attributes which help or hinder success relating to: principal investigators, shared starting point, role of language, and role of the institution. These include factors internal to the team such as personal characteristics, serendipitous encounters, status and language differences, as well as factors external to […]
Reflections by 14 teams linking health and social scientists identified key attributes which help or hinder success relating to:
  1. principal investigators,
  2. shared starting point,
  3. role of language, and
  4. role of the institution.

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