Distant yet Near:Promoting Interdisciplinary Learning in Significantly Diverse Teams through Socially Responsible Projects

Donald Hepburn, Monica Adya, Bryan Temple

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    Abstract

    With global specialization of work units within organizations, interdisciplinary work practices comprised of collaborative efforts between technical and business teams are increasingly common in today's workplace. While higher education has responded by creating opportunities for remote teams to learn from collaborative work, occasions for interaction between remotely situated significantly diverse teams such as business and engineering are few. This study describes a pedagogical offering between U.S.-based business teams and U.K.-based engineering teams that delivers such an experience around mutually dependent, socially responsible projects. Results from student surveys and reflections confirm that the pedagogical design is able to generate perceived interdependence between these diverse teams. Student responses to surveys also suggest that the collaboration is effective in raising student confidence in interdisciplinary and remote team work among students. The study concludes with recommendations for transferability and actualization of interdisciplinary collaboration.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article numberDOI: 10.1111/dsji. 12058
    Pages (from-to)121-149
    Number of pages29
    JournalDecision Sciences Journal of Innovative Sciences
    Volume13
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 7 Apr 2015

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