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The Impact of Team Skills Training on the Expression of Intrapersonal Collaboration Readiness Factors

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Campbell K, Stackpoole K. The Impact of Team Skills Training on the Expression of Intrapersonal Collaboration Readiness Factors. Oral presentation at 2017 SciTS Conference. Clearwater Beach, FL. Jun 13, 2017. Training for Team Science- Developing Team Science Competencies. Online at:

Scientists are not traditionally trained to engage in collaborative research. Consequently, team skills training may be useful for an organization interested in increasing the competencies of researchers engaging in collaboration. As effective scientific teams share a number of competencies, including self-and-others awareness, communication, and team processes such as role clarification, these would be logical to include as part of an evidence-based team skills training program. Additionally, it has been stated that team member expression of intrapersonal collaboration readiness factors (CRFs), such as methodological flexibility, cooperative spirit, inclusiveness, and a positive attitude towards collaboration, can influence the outcome of collaborative research. However, there are no currently published data on the impact of training on expression of intrapersonal CRFs. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to explore the impact of a team skills training workshop on participant expression of CRFs. Sixteen biomedical researchers who regularly participate in collaborative research at the Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital were enrolled in a five-hour team skills training workshop focusing on self-and-others awareness, communication, and team processes. Participants were given a preworkshop survey designed to measure expression of the four intrapersonal CRFs mentioned above. Immediately following completion of the workshop, participants were administered an identical postworkshop survey. A paired t-test was used to analyze changes between pre-and-post workshop survey responses. The data showed a statistically significant increase (p=0.03) in the expression of at least one CRF by participants following the workshop. Unexpectedly, the study also identified a population of researchers who expressed a high-level of collaboration readiness prior to training. Understanding this exciting population of researchers primed to engage in collaborative research is of importance for the SciTS field. Additional research to study the frequency and potential impact of this significant population is recommended.



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Oral presentation


scits 2017 conference, presentation, intrapersonal collaboration factors

Addresses these goal(s):

  • Provide training for team science to team members or students
  • Conduct research on/evaluate team science

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Resource created by Jane Hwang on 10/3/2017 12:02:57 PM.

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