Interdisciplinary Collaboration Reading List

Interdisciplinary Collaboration, Tools and Activities

a2ru’s insights into research, teaching, and creative collaborations that include the arts are grounded in our Mellon-funded SPARC (Supporting Practice in the Arts, Research, and Curricula) interviews and in our collaborative research with the Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research (MICHR). We situate our research findings in the context of a body of literature that addresses interdisciplinary collaboration from the perspectives of business administration, team science, and art-science collaboration. Here, we share a sampling of that literature that we hope will be part of ongoing conversations about this critical topic. Enjoy!


Barnett, Heather, and Robert Whittle. 2006. “Drawing the Line: Some Observations on an Art/Science Collaboration.” Leonardo 39 (5): 458–60. https://doi.org/10.1162/leon.2006.39.5.458.

Barry, Andrew, Georgina Born, and Gisa Weszkalnys. 2008. “Logics of Interdisciplinarity.” Economy and Society 37 (1): 20–49. https://doi.org/10.1080/03085140701760841.

Campo, Maritza Salazar, Gary Olson, Judith Olson, and Dan Stokols. n.d. “Team Scholarship Acceleration Lab.” Team Scholarship Acceleration Lab (TSAL). Accessed May 14, 2020. https://tsal.uci.edu/.

Candy, Linda, and Ernest Edmonds. 2002. “Modeling Co-Creativity in Art and Technology.” In | Proceedings of the 4th Conference on Creativity & Cognition. http://dl.acm.org/doi/abs/10.1145/581710.581731.

Cooke, Nancy J., and Margaret L. Hilton, eds. 2015. Enhancing the Effectiveness of Team Science. Washington, D.C.: The National Academies Press. https://doi.org/10.17226/19007.

Fiore, Stephen M., Michael A. Rosen, Kimberly A. Smith-Jentsch, Eduardo Salas, Michael Letsky, and Norman Warner. 2010. “Toward an Understanding of Macrocognition in Teams: Predicting Processes in Complex Collaborative Contexts.” Human Factors 52 (2): 203–24. https://doi.org/10.1177/0018720810369807.

Fleming, Lee. 2004. “Perfecting Cross-Pollination.” Harvard Business Review, September 1, 2004. https://hbr.org/2004/09/perfecting-cross-pollination.

Frodeman, Robert, Julie Thompson Klein, and Roberto C.S. Pacheco, eds. 2017. The Oxford Handbook of Interdisciplinarity. 2nd ed. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

“From Bridges to Building Sites: Facilitating Interdisciplinarity in the Arts & Humanities – SHAPE-ID: Shaping Interdisciplinary Practices in Europe.” n.d. Accessed May 11, 2021. https://www.shapeid.eu/from-bridges-to-building-sites-facilitating-interdisciplinarity-in-the-arts-humanities/.

Galafassi, Diego, Sacha Kagan, Manjana Milkoreit, María Heras, Chantal Bilodeau, Sadhbh Juarez Bourke, Andrew Merrie, Leonie Guerrero, Guðrún Pétursdóttir, and Joan David Tàbara. 2018. “‘Raising the Temperature’: The Arts on a Warming Planet.” Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, Sustainability governance and transformation 2018, 31 (April): 71–79. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cosust.2017.12.010.

Gomez-Marin, Alex. n.d. “A Portrait of the Scientist as a Young Artist: Or, What Neuroscience Can Learn from Dance.” Sciart Magazine. Accessed January 20, 2020. https://www.sciartmagazine.com/a-portrait-of-the-scientist-as-a-young-artist-or-what-neuroscience-can-learn-from-dance.html.

Hall, Kara L., Amanda L. Vogel, and Robert T. Croyle, eds. 2019. Strategies for Team Science Success: Handbook of Evidence-Based Principles for Cross-Disciplinary Science and Practical Lessons Learned from Health Researchers. Springer International Publishing. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-20992-6_45.

Hall, Kara L., Amanda L. Vogel, Brooke A. Stipelman, Daniel Stokols, Glen Morgan, and Sarah Gehlert. 2012. “A Four-Phase Model of Transdisciplinary Team-Based Research: Goals, Team Processes, and Strategies.” Translational Behavioral Medicine 2 (4): 415–30. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13142-012-0167-y.

Halpern, Megan K. 2012. “Across the Great Divide: Boundaries and Boundary Objects in Art and Science.” Public Understanding of Science 21 (8): 922–37. https://doi.org/10.1177/0963662510394040.

Halpern, Megan, and Michael O’Rourke. 2020. “Power in Science Communication Collaborations.” Journal of Science Communication 19 (4): C02. https://doi.org/10.22323/2.19040302.

Hong, Lu, and Scott E. Page. 2004. “Groups of Diverse Problem Solvers Can Outperform Groups of High-Ability Problem Solvers.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 101 (46): 16385–89. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.0403723101.

Huberman, Bernardo A. 1990. “The Performance of Cooperative Processes.” Physica D: Nonlinear Phenomena 42 (1): 38–47. https://doi.org/10.1016/0167-2789(90)90065-W.

Jehn, Karen A., Gregory B. Northcraft, and Margaret A. Neale. 1999. “Why Differences Make a Difference: A Field Study of Diversity, Conflict, and Performance in Workgroups.” Administrative Science Quarterly 44 (4): 741–63. https://doi.org/10.2307/2667054.

Kirby, Caitlin K., Patricia Jaimes, Amanda R. Lorenz-Reaves, and Julie C. Libarkin. 2019. “Development of a Measure to Evaluate Competence Perceptions of Natural and Social Science.” PLOS ONE 14 (1): e0209311. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0209311.

Kirk-Lawlor, Naomi, and Shorna Allred. 2017. “Group Development and Integration in a Cross-Disciplinary and Intercultural Research Team.” Environmental Management 59 (4): 665–83. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00267-016-0809-9.

Kurtzberg, Terri R. 2005. “Feeling Creative, Being Creative: An Empirical Study of Diversity and Creativity in Teams.” Creativity Research Journal 17 (1): 51–65. https://doi.org/10.1207/s15326934crj1701_5.

LaPensee, Elizabeth, and Aalap Doshi. 2020. “Collective Creativity: Strategies for Catalyzing Interdisciplinary Research.” Journal of Science Communication 19 (04). https://doi.org/10.22323/2.19040305.

Leimbach, Tania, and Keith Armstrong. 2018. “Creative Partnerships and Cultural Organisations: ‘Enabling’ and ‘Situating’ Arts–Science Collaboration and Collective Learning.” In Transdisciplinary Theory, Practice and Education: The Art of Collaborative Research and Collective Learning, edited by Dena Fam, Linda Neuhauser, and Paul Gibbs, 241–56. Springer International Publishing. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-93743-4.

Malina, R. F., C. Strohecker, and C. LaFayette. 2015. Steps to an Ecology of Networked Knowledge and Innovation: Enabling New Forms of Collaboration among Sciences, Engineering, Arts, and Design. Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Press. /paper/Steps-to-an-Ecology-of-Networked-Knowledge-and-New-Malina-Strohecker/91f57c485f2c78ee79d50afb5cb5a1f363b48349.

Payton, Fay Cobb, Ashley White, and Tara Mullins. 2017. “STEM Majors, Art Thinkers (STEM + Arts) – Issues of Duality, Rigor and Inclusion.” Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research 18 (3): 39–47.

Prophet, Jane. 2011a. “The Artist in the Laboratory: Co-Operating (T)Reasonably.” Artnodes, no. 11: 5.

———. 2011b. “Model Ideas: From Stem Cell Simulation to Floating Art Work.” Leonardo 44 (3): 262–63.

Prophet, Jane, and Mark d’Inverno. 2004. “Creative Conflict in Interdisciplinary Collaboration: Interpretation, Scale and Emergence.” Interaction: Systems, Theory and Practice, 251–70.

Ranwala, Damayanthi, Anthony J. Alberg, Kathleen T. Brady, Jihad S. Obeid, Randal Davis, and Perry V. Halushka. 2019. “Retreats to Stimulate Cross-Disciplinary Translational Research Collaborations: Medical University of South Carolina CTSA Pilot Project Program Initiative.” In Strategies for Team Science Success: Handbook of Evidence-Based Principles for Cross-Disciplinary Science and Practical Lessons Learned from Health Researchers, edited by Kara L. Hall, Amanda L. Vogel, and Robert T. Croyle, 261–65. Springer International Publishing. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-20992-6_20.

Roberge, Marie-Élène, and Rolf van Dick. 2010. “Recognizing the Benefits of Diversity: When and How Does Diversity Increase Group Performance?” Human Resource Management Review 20 (4): 295–308. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.hrmr.2009.09.002.

Rödder, Simone. 2017. “The Climate of Science-Art and the Art-Science of the Climate: Meeting Points, Boundary Objects and Boundary Work.” Minerva 55 (1): 93–116. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11024-016-9312-y.

Root-Bernstein, Robert, Lindsay Allen, Leighanna Beach, Ragini Bhadula, Justin Fast, Chelsea Hosey, Benjamin Kremkow, et al. 2008. “Arts Foster Scientific Success: Avocations of Nobel, National Academy, Royal Society, and Sigma Xi Members.” Journal of Psychology of Science & Technology 1 (2): 51–63. https://doi.org/10.1891/1939-7054.1.2.51.

Root-Bernstein, Robert, Ania Pathak, and Michele Root-Bernstein. 2019a. “A Review of ACD-STEMM Integration: Part 1: A Taxonomy of Integrated Bridges.” Leonardo 52 (5): 492–93. https://doi.org/10.1162/leon_a_01579.

———. 2019b. “A Review of ACD-STEMM Integration, Part 2: Controlled Studies of Transdisciplinary Tools-for-Thinking Bridges for Arts-Science Pedagogy.” Leonardo 52 (5): 494–95. https://doi.org/10.1162/leon_a_01580.

———. 2019c. “A Review of ACD-STEMM Integration, Part 3: Controlled Studies of Additional Transdisciplinary Bridges for Arts-Science Pedagogy and General Conclusions.” Leonardo 52 (5): 496–97. https://doi.org/10.1162/leon_a_01581.

Saratsi, E., T. Acott, E. Allinson, D. Edwards, C. Fremantle, and R. Fish. 2019. “Valuing Arts and Arts Research.” VNP22. Valuing Nature Paper. https://valuing-nature.net/valuing-arts-and-arts-research.

Scheffer, Marten, Matthijs Baas, and Tone Bjordam. 2017. “Teaching Originality? Common Habits behind Creative Production in Science and Arts.” Ecology and Society 22 (2). https://doi.org/10.5751/ES-09258-220229.

Schneider, Anne L. 2009. “Why Do Some Boundary Organizations Result in New Ideas and Practices and Others Only Meet Resistance?: Examples From Juvenile Justice.” The American Review of Public Administration 39 (1): 60–79. https://doi.org/10.1177/0275074007311889.

Sonke, Jill, Virginia Pesata, Jenny Baxley Lee, and John Graham-Pole. 2017. “Nurse Perceptions of Artists as Collaborators in Interprofessional Care Teams.” Healthcare; Basel 5 (3): 50. http://dx.doi.org.proxy.lib.umich.edu/10.3390/healthcare5030050.

Stevens, Michael J., and Michael A. Campion. 1994. “The Knowledge, Skill, and Ability Requirements for Teamwork: Implications for Human Resource Management.” Journal of Management, A Special Issue of The Journal of Management, 20 (2): 503–30. https://doi.org/10.1016/0149-2063(94)90025-6.

Taylor-Wesselink, Keisha, and Doireann Wallace. 2021. “Draft System of Preconditions for Successful Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Integration.” Zenodo. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.4478450.

Thompson, Jessica Leigh. 2009. “Building Collective Communication Competence in Interdisciplinary Research Teams.” Journal of Applied Communication Research 37 (3): 278–97. https://doi.org/10.1080/00909880903025911.

Vaggi, Federico, Tommaso Schiavinotto, Jonathan LD Lawson, Anatole Chessel, James Dodgson, Marco Geymonat, Masamitsu Sato, Rafael Edgardo Carazo Salas, and Attila Csikász-Nagy. n.d. “A Network Approach to Mixing Delegates at Meetings.” ELife 3. Accessed May 15, 2020. https://doi.org/10.7554/eLife.02273.

Wallace, Doireann, Giovanna de Moura Rocha Lima, Carlo Sessa, and Jane Ohlmeyer. 2021. “Maximising Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Integration in Inter- and Transdisciplinary Research for Effective Responses to Societal Challenges – SHAPE-ID Policy Brief.” Zenodo. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.4442374.

Wickson, F., A. L Carew, and A. W. Russell. 2006. “Transdisciplinary Research: Characteristics, Quandaries and Quality.” Futures 38 (9): 1046–59. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.futures.2006.02.011.

Yajima, Rieko. 2015. “Catalyzing Scientific Innovation with Design Thinking.” Design Management Review 26 (1): 18–23. https://doi.org/10.1111/drev.10310.