There are many important considerations for collaborations. Collaborations involve teams of different personalities, often approaching the project from different disciplines and backgrounds. Misunderstandings and disagreements could disrupt the collaborative process. Successful collaborations often share key characteristics that help ensure members of the team are working well together. These include:
- Commitment to stated shared research goals and values for the project and collaboration.
- Respectful and equitable environment in which each voice, intellectual input, and direction of the project, or specific components of the project is valued.
- Trust, physical and psychological safety, and mutual respect must be present among all members of the collaboration.
- Openness and transparency about team member and the project’s progress, challenges that may occur, financial issues, etc.
- Agreed upon processes for professional communication in person, via email, and in virtual environments.
- For interdisciplinary teams – clarity about disciplinary frameworks and terminology, clear and precise interactions, particularly for multinational teams—mapping out how all are accommodated
All members should take responsibility for individual work and feel ownership for the success of the overall project such that the project contributes to intellectual and career growth for all.
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University of Massachusetts ADVANCE Program. 2021. Resources for Equitable Research Collaborations: What to Consider in Proposing and Conducting Research.