NORDP 2017 Annual Research Development Conference

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The Science of Managing Team Science: A Guide to Herding Lions

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(6 hours)

PIs of team science projects often find the team science review criterion in their RFPs either naïve or opaque.  Traditionally, they have managed their collaborators by dint of personality and relationships—but these are no longer sufficient for program officers looking for reliable investments of agency funds.  Our funding agencies are now requiring specific details about how we will ensure the benefits of collaboration in large team science projects.  Increasingly, winning proposals’ management plans are grounded in formal, sophisticated theories of scientific practice.

This workshop will help you coach PIs of large interdisciplinary projects to design the collaboration element of their management plans. You’ll learn about different types of collaboration, factors that make it hard (or easy) to collaborate, and the special problems of cross-disciplinary collaboration.  We’ll introduce theoretical frameworks to analyze the challenges of a particular project and design management structures and systems to address them.  You’ll leave with three tools:  a rubric for analysis and design, a workbook explaining key concepts, and a reader containing an annotated bibliography.


Michael Gorman

Michael Gorman (Professor of Science, Technology, and Society, University of Virginia) studies the psychology of scientific discovery.  He explores how cognitive processes condition scientific practice, with a special focus on collaborations between scholars whose theories and methods are otherwise incommensurable.  Mike is an internationally recognized thought leader for his work on how teams create “scientific creoles” to share knowledge across disciplines.  He speaks frequently on this subject at meetings and conferences of his scholarly societies, and as an invited speaker at universities.  Mike recently completed a term as Director of the NSF’s Science and Technology Studies Program, where he also developed workshops on ethics and the responsible conduct of research.  

Alan Paul

Alan Paul (President, Giant Angstrom Partners) has 15 years of experience in research development.  Before retiring from the University of California, he designed and wrote management, outreach, and education plans for large scientific and strategic initiatives.  Alan also has more than 30 years of experience as a trainer and facilitator, including a stint as Program Director in UCLA’s School of Management Executive Education Office, where he designed and delivered leadership and management programs for government and non-profit executives. He has taught more than 300 multi- and single-day professional development workshops, serving more than 4000 people from 600 organizations.  

Faye Farmer

Faye Farmer (Director, Arizona State University Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development) is a frequent contributor to the research development community of practice.   She has extensive experience organizing and supporting team science projects across the disciplines, and in organizing collaborations with industry and government.  Faye works closely with ASU President Michael Crow to advance the university's leadership in interdisciplinary research, discovery and development.  At ASU, she promotes research development best practice through a suite of workshops (including project management and proposal writing) and an informal monthly working group for faculty, students, staff, and post docs.