Why should I attend?

The biggest problems require complementary expertise, and even smaller ones benefit from it. But it takes time (and often, treasure) to reconcile incommensurate paradigms, or coordinate globally distributed investigators. The secret to team science is to collaborate as much as possible and as little as necessary.

You need a sophisticated management plan, tailored to the specific problem, disciplines, and investigators.  Every project is a wicked problem for which there is no “best practice.” So you need to become a “best practitioner.”

This workshop will start you on that path. You’ll leave with:

  • a rubric to identify the needs and challenges of a team science project;
  • a survey of theories that inform the design of management plans; and
  • a set of design principles to address common management issues.

What will I learn?

There are four substantive presentations: 

  • How the dimensions of Divisibility and Commensurability define the contours of team science;
  • How to charter and lead teams that can span disciplinary boundaries;
  • How to trade, combine, and create knowledge to solve problems; and
  • How to meet the practical needs of managing collaboration


Each presentation is followed by an exercise that highlights the challenges and gives you practice using the rubric and deploying the theory.

This workshop is under development. It will be piloted at the 2017 conference of the National Organization of Research Development Professionals.

If you want to be notified when the workshop is open again, please fill in the survey on the right.

NORDP workshop participants: Please provide some information to help us seed teams for the exercises.

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