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This open-access book provides “practical guidance on how to conduct interdisciplinary research effectively with multi-member teams operating across departments and institutions.” Chapters are: Signposts for interdisciplinary travellers: introduction and some tips for reading this book Departure point: our approach to interdisciplinarity Planning the expedition: designing interdisciplinary research projects Making the expedition a success: managing interdisciplinary […]
Analysis of five large-scale case studies identified five key success factors, which all have implications for funding: start building integration and coherence early, identify level or levels at which integration will occur and link levels, give weight to leadership capacity and integrative vision, promote and support collaborative working and integration, ensure learning is embedded in […]
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The Learning for Sustainability (LfS) website is a clearinghouse of information with links provided to a diverse selection of relevant resources, such as on: systems thinking; building networks; dialogue and negotiation; knowledge management; planning and evaluation; theory of change; managing outcomes; interdisciplinary approaches; adaptive management; and, participation and engagement. Started in 1998, the website is […]
Conceptual metaphors help make integrative research more successful. They require “deep and continued dialogue,” a shared context for communication, and iteration until shared meaning is established. Conceptual metaphors contrast with conduit metaphors, which assume that words and sentences on their own can convey thoughts and feelings. Conduit metaphors lead to an illusion of communication, but […]
Views integration as having “communicative, social and cognitive” aspects, relating to language, roles and knowledge, respectively. A key element was establishing a “task force”, with representatives of the key subgroups, whose role is to “introduce core concepts and methods” from their subgroups and to “communicate agreements and results of the integration process back to the […]
Demonstrates modelling scenarios and strategies for sustainable agriculture in an Austrian region. This involved gathering mental models of stakeholders, developing shared understanding of system dynamics, fostering exchange and learning, and developing and assessing strategies. An agent-based model was at the core, with many inputs developed using participatory methods. Three scenarios were assessed. Digital poster: Smetschka, […]
Five primary steps in the scenario process are charted: (1) defining project boundaries (2) determining the driving forces (3) analysing the driving forces (4) generating scenarios and (5) scenario transfer to allow visualisation of scenario outputs as a story. The first four steps involved scientific experts, public administrators, and regional planners and managers. The fifth […]
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Combines system dynamics group modelling and group explorer strategy making to “facilitate the design of multi-method strategy modelling workshops”. Consists of: Scripts: bits of workshop processes eg stakeholder mapping, issue mapping, agreeing on key performance variables Products: outcomes of scripts, some of which are deliverables Arrow paths between scripts and products Useful for setting agendas […]
Provides a generic model incorporating business growth, personnel transfers, resignations and retirements to calculate training days for different personnel groups. Training includes both new skills and skills maintenance. Digital poster: Papaioannou, P. (2013). System dynamics for modeling corporate evolution and implied training needs, digital poster #784, from the First Global Conference on Research Integration and […]
The Team Science Toolkit is a “user-generated collection of information and resources that support the practice and study of team science.” It is hosted by the National Cancer Institute at the US National Institutes of Health. The toolkit has resources relevant for many kinds of team work. The toolkit features: more than 120 tools 40 […]
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