The Science of Team Science

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SLIS professor Katy Börner and nine colleagues have undertaken research projects around the concept of "scientific teamwork." The September 15, 2010 issue of Science Translational Medicine (Volume 2, Issue 49) includes an article written by this group - "A Multi-Level Systems Perspective for the Science of Team Science." The abstract and author affiliations are included below.

This group of scholars also wrote a "Special Report: Advancing the Science of Team Science" for the journal Clinical and Translation Science. This article gave a summary of the proceedings of the First Annual International Science of Team Science (SciTS) Conference that was held in Chicago, IL April 22-24, 2010.

A Multi-Level Systems Perspective for the Science of Team Science

This Commentary describes recent research progress and professional developments in the study of scientific teamwork, an area of inquiry termed the "science of team science" (SciTS, pronounced "sahyts"). It proposes a systems perspective that incorporates a mixed-methods approach to SciTS that is commensurate with the conceptual, methodological, and translational complexities addressed within the SciTS field. The theoretically grounded and practically useful framework is intended to synergistically integrate existing and future lines of SciTS research to facilitate the field's evolution as it addresses key challenges spanning macro, meso, and micro levels of analysis.

Author Affiliations:
  1. Katy Börner, Cyberinfrastructure for Network Science Center, School of Library and Information Science (SLIS), Indiana University, Bloomington, IN *Corresponding author - email:
  2. Noshir Contractor, Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
  3. Holly J. Falk-Krzesinski, Northwestern University Clinical and Translational Sciences (NUCATS) Institute, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL
  4. Stephen M. Fiore, Department of Philosophy, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL
  5. Kara L. Hall, Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences, National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, MD
  6. Joann Keyton, Department of Communication, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC
  7. Bonnie Spring, Department of Preventive Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL
  8. Daniel Stokols, Department of Planning, Policy and Design and Department of Psychology and Social Behavior, University of California Irvine, Irvine, CA
  9. William Trochim, Department of Policy Analysis and Management, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
  10. Brian Uzzi, Kellogg School of Management and Northwestern Institute on Complex Systems (NICO), Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

Posted September 23, 2010