Bridging scientific disciplines requires trust, group identity

Research Brief Successful Societies 12.09.2016

Successful scientific networks require collaborators that bring intelligence and expertise. But they also require an emotional connection among collaborators, and even a sense of joy. Scientists must connect on three levels for success — emotional, cognitive and social.

This study analyzes how interdisciplinary research networks operate, and what makes them successful. Through case studies across nine networks, the paper compares the experiences of the researchers involved and emphasizes the importance of understanding the role of emotions and social interactions in the research process as well as intellectual aspects.

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