When you work with interdisciplinary teams, you will notice that people can exhibit different types of behaviours that affect collaboration and integration. Becoming aware of behaviours can be a first step towards making a behavioural change and improving the teamwork. This tool supports exactly that process.
The tool consists of a video and different exercises to spark individual and group reflection that you can use in your education or in interventions for teamwork in research. You let the team that you guide watch the video which introduces four typical behaviours. You use the reflection exercises prior to and/or after watching the video to let them get started with applying these concepts to their own practice. We invite and encourage educators and managers of interdisciplinary research projects to use our materials in their own educational or research context.
The theoretical underpinnings can be found in the article: 'Epistemic stability and epistemic adaptability: interdisciplinary knowledge integration competencies for complex sustainability issues'. It provides a detailed description of behaviours in interdisciplinary teamwork and competencies for knowledge integration. In complement to the video, this article can be shared with collaborators in interdisciplinary teamwork to further their understanding of their behaviour and its effect on the collaboration and integration in their team.