We need pooled interdisciplinary expertise to solve real life problems, Experts can clash over language, divergent perspectives, and knowledge gaps. Recognizing these barriers — and discussing how to overcome them — is crucial.
Successful interdisciplinary teamwork requires; sharing language, accepting different perspectives, acknowledging what you don’t know, making time for each other, and getting the research out.
Facilitating open and honest conversation opens the door to new possibilities which is where the power of interdisciplinarity lives.
You may read Dr. Jessica Thompson’s article in its entirety by clicking the link below. Dr. Thompson is assistant professor of environmental and organizational communication at Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Michigan.