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The Role(s) of Personal Skills Development in Developing a Collaboration Plan

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Vasko S. The Role(s) of Personal Skills Development in Developing a Collaboration Plan. Oral presentation at 2017 SciTS Conference. Clearwater Beach, FL. Jun 13, 2017. Training For Team Science- Developing Team Science Competencies. Online at:

Hall, Crowston, and Vogel’s 2014 working draft of “How to Write a Collaboration Plan” is an important first step in codifying a step-by-step approach to developing a research team. As Hall et al. state, “Collaboration plans should address a range of issues relevant to laying the foundation for the collaboration, as well as implementing and managing the collaboration, and engaging in quality improvement activities specific to collaborative interactions.” “How to Write a Collaboration Plan” is an excellent resource for teams, addressing issues including rationale for team approach and team configuration, collaboration readiness, technological readiness, team functioning, communication & coordination, leadership/ management/administration, conflict prevention and management, training, quality improvement activities, and budget/resource allocation. In this talk, I will discuss expanding “How to Write a Collaboration Plan” and the potential impact of focusing on personal development and skills-building on team collaboration. Specifically, I will focus on the roles of skills including flexibility, resilience, and accountability in participating in and managing team science (Vasko, 2017). These skills bridge several sections of a potential collaboration plan, including (but not limited to) individual collaboration readiness, communication & coordination, conflict prevention and management, and training. I will discuss the role (and potential obligation) of the institution (both academic and funding) in training individuals in these skill sets for collaboration. I will present how the Toolbox Dialogue Initiative (TDI) is working within the Michigan State University (MSU) community to identify key individual skills for team science and how TDI is working among the different levels within MSU to inform and influence oncampus opportunities. I will also discuss the possibility of handling personal skills-building by bringing in specialists who posses these skill sets and could handle internal trainings, like those from the integration and implementation scientist (I2S), interdisciplinary executive scientist (IES), research development professional (RDP), and community engagement communities. For more on collaboration plans see: Collaboration plan infographic: How to write a Collaboration Plan:



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scits 2017 conference, presentation, personal skill development, collaboration plan, collaboration planning

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  • Learn about the field of team science: history, theory and concepts
  • Enhance team performance, interactions, and attitudes

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Resource created by Jane Hwang on 10/3/2017 12:11:47 PM.

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