Purpose: To provide practical guidance on collaboration in research teams.
Description: The Collaboration and Team Science Field Guide (now in its second edition) is divided into 13 chapters with supportive case studies, covering:
- Engaging in team science: What is a scientific research team?
- Preparing yourself for team science: The value of self-reflection; understanding personality types; giving and receiving feedback; and, the value of mentorship.
- Leading research teams: Leadership dimensions.
- Building a research team: Launching a team; and, setting expectations.
- Trust: How to foster trust amoung team members; types of trust; psychological safety; and, creating the foundation for trust and psychological safety.
- Vision: how to develop a shared vision.
- Communication: How to communicate about science; and, promoting disagreement.
- 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.
- Managing difference: How to harness diversity in team science.
- Conflict is normal: Understanding conflict; and, how to engage with conflict.
- Sustaining and strengthening the team: How to strengthen team dynamics; and, one bad apple.
- Navigating and leveraging networks and systems: The team as a system – social network analysis.
- Fun: Enjoying collaboration.
Additional materials in the field guide cover:
- Top ten take-aways for successful team collaboration (see also https://i2insights.org/2018/07/24/ten-collaboration-tips/)
- 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://i2s.anu.edu.au/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/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.
Related tools on this website:
- Collaboration = harnessing and managing difference
- Learning for sustainability (LfS) website
- Team science (COALESCE project)
- Team science toolkit
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Posted: November 2014
Last modified: January 2021