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Interdisciplinary integrated research teams in an academic environment

Beattie, J.S., Campbell, C.J., Crain, J., Dickinson, P., Evans, S.A.G., Ghazal, P., Keane, L., Magennis, S., Mount, A.R., Mountford, C., Su, T.-J., Terry, J.G. and Walton, A.J. 2005. Interdisciplinary integrated research teams in an academic environment. p. 328. 10.1109/IEMC.2005.1559145

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This paper presents a discussion on the extent to which industrial R&D management techniques can be applied in an academic research environment. Working in highly integrated interdisciplinary teams has been shown to provide significant benefits in industrial R&D, yet organisational forms, reward systems and the culture of the academic environment remain a barrier to team working. A group of four research centres at the University of Edinburgh have trialled a new integrated team approach similar to the use of high-performance teams in industrial product development. This has proved a highly effective method of carrying out novel interfacial research, allows groups to address more substantial research questions and generates a truly interdisciplinary research capability for further work. Using this project as a case study has provided an insight into the value of this approach and the specific issues to be considered.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Date Type: Published Online
Schools: Medicine
Last Modified: 27 Jul 2018 14:15

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