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    Data associated with "Interpersonal relationships drive successful team science: an exemplary case-based study"
    (Colorado State University. Libraries, 2020) Love, Hannah; Cross, Jennifer; Fosdick, Bailey; Crooks, Kevin; VandeWoude, Susan; Fisher, Ellen
    Team science, or collaborations between groups of scientists with varying expertise, is required for researching solutions to complex problems of the 21st century. Despite the essential need for such transdisciplinary interactions, knowledge about training scientists and developing personal mastery, a set of principles and practices necessary for team learning, also referred to as the science of team science (SciTS) in productive team interactions is still in its nascent stages. This article reports on a longitudinal case study of an exemplary scientific team and evaluates the following question: How do scientists enhance their productivity through participation in transdisciplinary teams? Through a focused SciTS study applying mixed methods, including social network surveys, participant observation, focus groups, interviews, and historical social network data, we found that the interactions of an international, transdisciplinary scientific team trained scientists to become experts in their field, helped the team develop personal mastery, advanced their scientific productivity, and fulfilled the land grant mission. The team’s processes and practices to train new scientists propelled new ideas, collaborations, and research outcomes over a 15-year period. This case study highlights that in addition to specific scientific discoveries, scientific progress benefits from developing and forming interpersonal relationships among scientists from diverse disciplines.
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    Successful process evaluation provides insight into team development and goal attainment: science of team science
    (Colorado State University. Libraries, 2019) Love, Hannah; Fosdick, Bailey; Cross, Jeni; Fisher, Ellen; Suter, Meghan; Egan, Dinaida
    The Science of Team Science (SciTS) emerged as a field of study because scientists are increasingly charged with solving complex and large-scale societal, health, and environmental challenges. The SciTS field seeks to develop both methods for assessing teams and a knowledge base of effective practices in team science. What makes interdisciplinary scientific teams successful? Many early studies of team science success drew on existing data like bibliometrics and patent applications to examine the patterns of successful teams. However, these metrics have several shortcomings: they can only be used to characterize teams that were successful enough to produce publications, patents or grant proposals; and their creation lags years behind team formation. Studies which rely exclusively on existing data are not able explain the differences between successful and unsuccessful teams in their formation, interaction, and development. This study asks the questions: "How are team processes and interactions related to goal accomplishment in transdisciplinary teams? Can process metrics be used to predict team success and team outcomes?" This study aims to fill the gap in SciTS literature by longitudinally observing eight scientific transdisciplinary teams and correlating process metrics to outcome metrics. From 2015 through 2017, we used participant observation, informal interviews, turn-taking assessments, and social network surveys to follow teams through their first two years of formation. We then examined which metrics of team interaction and team processes are correlated with traditional team-defined outcome metrics such as conference presentations, grant proposals, journal articles, and invention disclosures. We found that the strength of relationships, role of women, and even participation were the biggest predictors of team success. We discuss how process evaluation can be used to assess team success in the early stages of team development and which measures are more strongly associated with team success.