Studying and Evaluating Teams

Project Name: Identification of Barriers to Collaboration

Key Findings: The most commonly reported barriers for teams are administrative regulations, organizational culture and structures, interpersonal communication issues, time allocation, funding restrictions, disciplinary differences, and geographical proximity.

Methods: I conducted a social network analysis of scientific collaboration networks, text analysis, 32 semi-structured interviews with researchers, and survey of 914 faculty members.

Applications: Identifying barriers at an organizational and department level helps to improve team effectiveness.

Presentation: Kennelly Okraku, Therese and McCarty, Christopher. Barriers to Scientific Collaboration at a Research University.” Society for Applied Anthropology (SFAA) Annual Meeting, Vancouver, Canada. April 1, 2016.

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Presentation: Muzyczka, Kelly, Kennelly Okraku, Therese, and McCarty, Christopher. Benefits and Challenges of Interdisciplinary Collaboration as an Anthropolgist.” Society for Applied Anthropology (SFAA). March 30, 2017.

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Project Name: Impact of Tenure and Promotion Criteria on Teams

Key Findings: Current evaluation criteria emphasize individual achievements and do not recognize or reward team’s collective efforts. This disincentives collaboration and requires revision.

Methods: I conducted a social network analysis of tenure and promotion activities across colleges, text analysis of faculty activity reports and tenure and promotion documents across colleges and departments, 30 semi-structured interviews with researchers, and a survey of 914 faculty members.

Applications: Evaluating workplace promotion criteria is critical for supporting teams and encouraging collaboration.

Below is a presentation that analyzes the university’s tenure and promotion process using social network analysis that advocates increased recognition for team science:

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Below is a presentation that provides data on the university’s current annual evaluation system and advocates that a common form should be adopted across colleges:

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