Publication Date: 2015 (Washington, DC: National Academies Press)
Scientific research is increasingly conducted by small callaborative teams and larger groups (the study of which is referred to as "team science") rather than individual investigators. How does a team-based approach work, and how can universities and research institutions support teams? This volume 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.
Today, more than 90% of research studies and publications are collaborative, often resulting in high-impact research and development of commercial applications, as reflected in patents. This book reviews and critiques the burgeoning scholarship on research collaboration. The authors seek to identify gaps in theory and research and identify the ways in which existing research can be used to improve public policy for collaboration and to improve project-level management of collaborations using Scientific and Technical Human Capital (STHC) theory as a framework - the sum of scientific and technical and social knowledge, skills and resources embodied in a particular individual.
This website is devoted to the rapidly growing cross-disciplinary field of Team Science in order to help maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of team-based research. It includes an active listserv and Annual Conference.