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: http://www.scienceofteamscience.org/2017-agenda.
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
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