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"That's a good point": Collaboration & Idea Development at Datathons

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Kristensen T, Weber M. "That's a good point": Collaboration & Idea Development at Datathons. Oral presentation at 2017 SciTS Conference. Clearwater Beach, FL. Jun 13, 2017. Evaluating and Enhancing Team Processes. Online at:

The engagement with complex problems often requires collaboration between individuals with diverse expertise. This study takes a mixed method approach to examine the relationship between interactions perceived to facilitate creativity, creative outcomes, and organizational members’ traits. The content of creativity facilitating interactions was additionally explored. Data were collected using surveys, interviews, and observations at two datathon events. Each event was focused on the generation of new analyses and software by researcher from multiple disciplines. Surveys were used to collect network data on the participants’ communication patterns. The survey data were analyzed using exponential random graph modeling. Observations and interviews were collected at the datathon events and were analyzed using a grounded theory approach. The results find that a relationship exists between creativity facilitating interactions and creative outcomes. Organizational members’ traits, such as openness to experience and intrinsic motivation, had a limited impact on the formation of creativity facilitating interactions. Trust and a feeling of safety were identified as important for the formation of interactions that facilitated creativity. Participants saw on interactions with others as an opportunity to receive idea feedback, technical knowhow, and gage relevance from different knowledge domains.



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Oral presentation


scits 2017 conference, presentation, development, collaboration

Addresses these goal(s):

  • Establish or maintain effective team science endeavors
  • Enhance team performance, interactions, and attitudes

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Resource created by Jane Hwang on 10/3/2017 1:55:20 PM.

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