There are many ways to go about building a research team—some more effective than others. If you are charged with or are interested in building a research team, there are several considerations to keep in mind:
Bring together members with diverse backgrounds and experiences to promote mutual learning.
Make sure each person understands his or her roles, responsibilities, and contributions to the team’s goals.
As a leader, establish expectations for working together; as a participant, understand your contribution to the end goal.
Recognize that discussing team goals openly and honestly will be a dynamic process and will evolve over time.
Be prepared for disagreements and even conflicts, especially in the early stages of team formation.
Agree on processes for sharing data, establishing and sharing credit, and managing authorship immediately and over the course of the project.
Regularly consider new scientific perspectives and ideas related to the research.
Source: Collaboration and Team Science: A Field Guide
The Field Guide discusses:
- Team Science
- Preparing Yourself for Team Science
- Building a Research Team
- Fostering Trust
- Developing a Shared Vision
- Communicating About Science
- Sharing Recognition and Credit
- Handling Conflict
- Strengthening Team Dynamics
- Navigating and Leveraging Networks and Systems
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