Have you ever wondered why cross-disciplinary work is so difficult? We all know that harvesting the knowledge of many different people can help us to develop more innovative ideas. The typical traditional "silo-thinking" can inhibit finding new solutions in which we utilize braoder knowledge from differente people. Still, it is easier said than done.
SO; how can cross-disciplinary group work succeed??
In study two, main findings indicated that when group members from different disciplines constructed a common knowledge platform during the development of innovative ideas they required the ability to recognize and build on each other's competences. This process is aided by openness, curiosity, and respect for each other’s views, the implication being that it is insufficient to just assemble people with special expertise from different disciplines. They need additional relational skills in order to collaborate and accomplish knowledge building.