ENHANCEMENT OF COLLABORATION IN THE EARLY STAGE OF AN INTERDISCIPLINARY ENGINEERING AND DESIGN PROJECT: MAPPING GROUP DYNAMICS
Editor: Bohemia, Erik; Kovacevic, Ahmed; Buck, Lyndon; Brisco, Ross; Evans, Dorothy; Grierson, Hilary; Ion, William; Whitfield, Robert Ian
Author: Risnes, Martha; Mellema, Mirjam; Sherkat, Habib; Pinto-Orellanna, Marco
Institution: OsloMet - Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway
Section: Innovation 3
DOI number: https://doi.org/10.35199/epde2019.46
Health care systems are moving towards multidisciplinary patient-centered solutions. Team members can agree on high-level aspirations, but it does not imply that they will have conformity in specific objectives. Collaboration is a strong requirement for facilitating the research activities and fulfils the general expectations. It is believed that a common goal enhances collaboration and uniforms the group in a shared direction. Under this premise, this study presented a qualitative procedure: Mapping Group Dynamics (MGD) that represents the interaction of the objectives of the project members and assist in identifying possible conflicts in the inner structure of the project. This method was applied in a specific research project: Patient-Centric Engineering in Rehabilitation (PACER.) The results and benefits of the method are discussed.