The Dynamics and Challenges of Interdisciplinary Collaboration: A Case Study of 'Cortical Depth of Bench' in Group Proposal Writing
IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication, Vol. 48, No. 2, pp. 177-190, 2005
14 Pages Posted: 22 Apr 2009
Date Written: June 1, 2005
This study contributes to a discussion on collaboration and technical/professional communication in indeterminate zones or less familiar sites for collaboration. The interdisciplinary group for this case study collaborated to write a project proposal to solicit funds from the US government for constructing a test bed for immune buildings as a tactic for combating potential biological and chemical terrorist incidents. Their approach to collaboration coincided with several approaches previously addressed in professional and technical communication research. Novel and creative approaches emerged as a result of this collaboration, but in some instances, disciplinary differences, as manifested by disputes over concepts and terminologies, posed obstacles to collaboration. Such challenges necessitated strong leadership, which was also critical for managing group process.
Keywords: biological terrorism, chemical terrorism, corporate contexts, disciplinary perspective, group process, immune building, indeterminate zone, interdisciplinary collaboration, technical and professional communication, test bed
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