Assess your own attitudes about being part of a collaboration

There are two assessment scales that apply to individuals’ propensity to do well in collaboration: the Research Orientation Scale and the Transdisciplinary Orientation Scale, below.

These scales are intended to get people in a collaboration to realize what is desirable and perhaps to both reflect and to talk among themselves about these features. Neither has official scoring levels with inferences made explicit. For example, one can tell whether one collaborator is more ready for interdisciplinarity than another, but not how much is “enough.”  They are eye-opening if taken individually, and background for a group discussion if taken together.

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