Collaborate@UWM: Collaboration, Communication and Conflict

  • Collaborative Norms Assessment: A self assessment of personal behavior in a specific group; this can be used to get a better sense of how each individual in a group interacts. With this knowledge, group members can better adapt to a range of communication and interactive styles group members may display.
  • How to Write a Collaboration Plan outlines a ten-step process for writing a collaboration plan, which can be used to guide the research team activities and management.
  • Prenuptial Agreements for Scientists outlines a method for identifying common issues of dispute-such as goals, contributions, authorship, and ownership-which may arise over the course of collaborative work. This method can open communication, either through discussion or written agreement, about expectations for the collaboration and how to deal constructively with conflicts when they arise.
  • Collaboration Success Wizard: This online diagnostic survey for geographically distributed groups probes factors that may strengthen or weaken a given collaboration. “Geographic” distribution can range from different floors or labs to international in scope. The Wizard provides personal and project-level reports to help participants build successful and productive collaborative projects. Participation is free; teams need to apply to be a part of the project. Survey results are incorporated into ongoing work on collaboration in research.