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Enhancing the Effectiveness of Team Science

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Committee on the Science of Team Science, Cooke, N., Hilton, M., Editors. Enhancing the Effectiveness of Team Science. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press; 2015 Apr 24.

The past half-century has witnessed a dramatic increase in the scale and complexity of scientific research. The growing scale of science has been accompanied by a shift toward collaborative research, referred to as "team science." Scientific research is increasingly conducted by small teams and larger groups rather than individual investigators, but the challenges of collaboration can slow these teams' progress in achieving their scientific goals. How does a team-based approach work, and how can universities and research institutions support teams? Enhancing the Effectiveness of Team Science synthesizes and integrates the available research to provide guidance on assembling the science team; leadership, education and professional development for science teams and groups. It also examines institutional and organizational structures and policies to support science teams and identifies areas where further research is needed to help science teams and groups achieve their scientific and translational goals. This report offers major public policy recommendations for science research agencies and policymakers, as well as recommendations for individual scientists, disciplinary associations, and research universities. Enhancing the Effectiveness of Team Science will be of interest to university research administrators, team science leaders, science faculty, and graduate and postdoctoral students. COMMITTEE ON THE SCIENCE OF TEAM SCIENCE: NANCY J. COOKE (Chair), Arizona State University; ROGER D. BLANDFORD (NAS), Stanford University; JONATHON N. CUMMINGS, Duke University; STEPHEN M. FIORE, University of Central Florida; KARA L. HALL, National Cancer Institute; JAMES S. JACKSON (IOM), University of Michigan; JOHN L. KING, University of Michigan; STEVEN W. J. KOZLOWSKI, Michigan State University; JUDITH S. OLSON, University of California, Irvine; JEREMY A. SABLOFF (NAS), Santa Fe Institute; DANIEL S. STOKOLS, University of California, Irvine; BRIAN UZZI, Northwestern University; HANNAH VALANTINE, National Institutes of Health; MARGARET L. HILTON, Study Director; TINA WINTERS, Associate Program Officer; MICKELLE RODRIGUEZ, Program Coordinator (until July 2013); JATRYCE JACKSON, Program Coordinator (until October 2014); TENEE DAVENPORT, Program Coordinator

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team science, science of team science, collaboration, transdisciplinary, cross-disciplinary, multi-disciplinary, interdisciplinary, team-based research, team effectiveness, virtual collaboration, leadership, training, team processes, outcomes, metrics, evaluation, funding, insitutional challenges, collaboration planning

Addresses these goal(s):

  • Learn about the field of team science: history, theory and concepts
  • Establish or maintain effective team science endeavors
  • Enhance team performance, interactions, and attitudes
  • Provide institutional support for team science
  • Provide training for team science to team members or students
  • Conduct research on/evaluate team science
  • Engage community partners in your scientific team
  • Collaborate virtually

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