Perceived discontinuities and continuities in transdisciplinary scientific working groups

Crowston, Kevin, Specht, Alison, Hoover, Carol, Chudoba, Katherine M and Watson-Manheim, Mary Beth (2015) Perceived discontinuities and continuities in transdisciplinary scientific working groups. Science of the Total Environment, 534 159-172. doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2015.04.121

Author Crowston, Kevin
Specht, Alison
Hoover, Carol
Chudoba, Katherine M
Watson-Manheim, Mary Beth
Title Perceived discontinuities and continuities in transdisciplinary scientific working groups
Journal name Science of the Total Environment   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1879-1026
Publication date 2015-11-15
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2015.04.121
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 534
Start page 159
End page 172
Total pages 14
Place of publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Abstract We examine the DataONE (Data Observation Network for Earth) project, a transdisciplinary organization tasked with creating a cyberinfrastructure platform to ensure preservation of and access to environmental science and biological science data. Its objective was a difficult one to achieve, requiring innovative solutions. The DataONE project used a working group structure to organize its members. We use organizational discontinuity theory as our lens to understand the factors associated with success in such projects. Based on quantitative and qualitative data collected from DataONE members, we offer recommendations for the use of working groups in transdisciplinary synthesis. Recommendations include welcome diverse opinions and world views, establish shared communication practices, schedule periodic synchronous face-to-face meetings, and ensure the active participation of bridge builders or knowledge brokers such as librarians who know how to ask questions about disciplines not their own.
Keyword Transdisciplinary synthesis
Working groupsContinuities
Organization theory
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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