How To

Manage My Research Team

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

  • Challenges