Research team integration: What it is and why it matters


Journal Article

Science policy across the world emphasizes the desirability of research teams that can integrate diverse perspectives and expertise into new knowledge, methods, and products. However, integration in research work is not well understood. Based on retrospective interviews with 55 researchers from 52 diverse research projects, we categorized teams as co-acting (50%), coordinated (15%), and integrated (35%). Integration, when it existed, usually began when PIs chose collaborators and pursued integration throughout the project. We describe researchers' experiences and research climates that discouraged or encouraged integration. Implications for policy choices and design include changes in team structuring and technology support. Copyright 2011 ACM.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Balakrishnan, AD; Kiesler, S; Cummings, JN; Zadeh, R

Published Date

  • April 29, 2011

Published In

  • Proceedings of the Acm Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work, Cscw

Start / End Page

  • 523 - 532

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1145/1958824.1958905

Citation Source

  • Scopus