What is Collaboration and what do you think your role will be in the on-Campus Collaboration Exercise ?

What is Collaboration ?

Collaboration is define by SmartDraw as ‘a process through which a group of people constructively explore their ideas to search for a solution that extends one’s own limited vision”. In SmartDraws’ article ‘ Collaboration in the Workplace What Does it Actually Men ?”, they go on further to establish they believe there are three types of collaboration in there opinion.

1. Team Collaboration

2. Community Collaboration

3. Network Co

They stress that Collaboration is a process that continues and betters over time, as overtime teams are better able to share and discuss idea’s. SmartDraws article has some interesting points that are backed in John Whitefield’s article ‘Group Theory’.

Whitefield article articulates that researchers whom collaborate on a paper have higher rates of being cited and gaining notability. The article is an interesting history of collaborations in academia, with numerous studies mentioned. The section that collaborates SmartDraws theory is when established teams work best together if there is a little movement in the teams so not to stagnate the teams aims. Gergely Palla from the Hungarian Academy of Science in Budapest conducted a study analyzing network of authorship on physics papers, which concluded larger teams can work if they have a consistent turn over rate, but that smaller teams of 2/3 people created stability with very little turn over as it’s easier to find two people you like well enough to establish a long term working collaboration.

Whitefield uses the example of Broadway shows. Which are famous for having core groups whom collaborate on numerous shows. An example of this is Lin-Manuel Miranda who is famous for being an American composer, lyricist, playwright and actor, who’s most famous for Hamilton and The Heights both of which he worked with a core creative group. E.g he is listed as the Lyricist on The Heights playbook.

This example of collaboration in Whitefield article lends brilliantly to Andrew Fields work ‘ 6 Way To Foster Collaboration In Your Workplace’’ . Fields article is full of really useful information about creating a Collaborative environment in your workplace, where he uses really wold examples of teams such as The Avengers and The X-Men. He also sets out his six steps to create collaborative environment. Which wherein all steps must be implemented and flexible to create Whitefield Broadways example.

The articles from SmartDraw, Whitefield and Fields give a comprehensive knowledge of collaboration and team work while using real world and working environments as examples they also strive to include personal levels of collaborating such as networking and friendship. Both of which are key concepts to have obtained before our team on Campus Collaboration Exercise.

What do you think your role will be in the on- Campus Collaboration Exercise ?

When thinking about what role I would play in the on Campus Collaboration exercise, I realized I knew very little about the roles, dynamics and theories that define roles in teams. In a bid to educate myself further on team roles I came across The Belbin Team Inventory, which is a behavioral test to measure perimeters for nine team roles. The nine team roles according to Belbin are ;

-Plant ] Thought

-Monitor Evaluator ] Orientated

-Specialist ] Roles

-Coordinator ] People

-Team Worker ] Orientated

-Resource Investigator ] Roles

-Shaper ] Action

-Implementer ] Orientated

-Completer Finisher ] Roles

The Inventory assesses how a person behaves in a Team environment. A person may show strong tendencies towards multiple roles. In my opinion knowledge of the Belbin Team Roles can help identify potential strengths and weaknesses within your self and your team.

Using the Belbin Team Roles, I would like to think my role in the on Campus Collaboration Exercise is the Plant or the Resource Investigator.

The role of the ‘Plant’ is described as the plant presents new ideas and brings a creative, free thinking and imaginative approach to the team, but lacks focus on the smaller details and incidental, they are too pre occupied to fully communicate effectively.

The role of the ‘Resource Investigator’ is described a person who explores outside opportunities, is outgoing, enthusiastic and skilled at developing contacts, but can be overly optimistic and tends to loose interests once the initial enthusiasm wains/expires.

In my opinion both roles contribute to different aspects of my personality. The Plant call to my creative, independent artistic side, where when in the midst of a project or artistic burst , I tend to communicate ineffectively or not at all, until I’ve complete my goal. The Resource Investigator hails to my skills as a volunteer and Scout, who thrives on problem solving and networking but who does complete projects but knows to complete them before my enthusiasm disintegrates. These are the roles I hope to play in the Collaboration Exercise, but if I do not, I at least aim to be a contributing, participating member of the team.

The articles used in the blog post are:

Whitfield; Collaborating Group Theory

SmartDraw : Collaboration in the Workplace What Does it Actually Men ?”

Fields ; 6 Way To Foster Collaboration In Your Workplace’’

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