|National Academies |
Consensus Study on the Science of Team Science (SciTS)
|Project Scope |
The National Research Council (NRC) of the National Academies will conduct a consensus study on the Science of Team Science (SciTS) to recommend opportunities to enhance the effectiveness of collaborative research in science teams, research centers, and institutes.
The science of team science field empirically examines the processes by which large and small scientific teams, research centers, and institutes organize, communicate, and conduct research. It is concerned with understanding and managing circumstances that facilitate or hinder the effectiveness of collaborative research, including translational research.
This includes understanding how teams connect and collaborate to achieve scientific breakthroughs that would not be attainable by either individual or simply additive efforts. The committee will consider factors such as team dynamics, team management, and institutional structures and policies that affect large and small science teams. Among the questions the committee will explore are:
Sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the project began in October, 2012. The Committee's final report will be issued in late 2014.
- How do individual factors (e.g., openness to divergent ideas), influence team dynamics (e.g., cohesion), and how, in turn, do both individual factors and team dynamics influence the effectiveness and productivity of science teams?
- What factors at the team, center, or institute level (e.g., team size, team membership, geographic dispersion) influence the effectiveness of science teams?
- How do different management approaches and leadership styles influence the effectiveness of science teams? For example, different approaches to establishing work roles and routines and to the division of labor may influence team effectiveness.
- How do current tenure and promotion policies acknowledge and provide incentives to academic researchers who engage in team science?
- What factors influence the productivity and effectiveness of research organizations that conduct and support team and collaborative science, such as research centers and institutes? How do such organizational factors as human resource policies and practices and cyberinfrastructure affect team and collaborative science?
- What types of organizational structures, policies, practices and resources are needed to promote effective team science, in academic institutions, research centers, industry, and other settings?
|Expert Committee Members |
Dr. Nancy J. Cooke, Chair, Arizona State University
Dr. Roger Blandford, Department of Physics, Stanford University
Dr. Jonathon Cummings, Fuqua School of Business, Duke University
Dr. Stephen M. Fiore, Institute for Simulation and Training, University of Central Florida
Dr. Kara Hall, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health
Dr. James Jackson, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan
Dr. John Leslie King, School of Information, University of Michigan
Dr. Steve W. J. Kozlowski, Department of Psychology, Michigan State University
Dr. Judith S. Reitman Olson, Department of Informatics, University of California, Irvine
Dr. Jeremy A. Sabloff, President, Santa Fe Institute
Dr. Daniel Stokols, School of Social Ecology, University of California, Irvine
Dr. Brian Uzzi, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University
Dr. Hannah Valantine, School of Medicine, Stanford University