It’s called teaming

September 17, 2010

Multidisciplinary work should almost be the natural order of things for some disciplines, though reading some of the literature there is significant progress still to be made. A couple of the areas which stand out as actively working on this approach are health and the natural sciences. I found a link to post which refers to a ‘teaming approach’ to research. I thought it worth the read, especially as it emphasises the need for multidisciplinary research in a world of complex, interdependent systems. I am more than sure that thinking through these ‘systems’ using the Cynefin framework could be more than valuable.

I had one of those aha moments a couple of years ago when I looked at how ergonomics / human factors maps onto the Cynefin framework. It explains so well why the discipline is somewhat broken that I’ve wasted packets of napkins in coffee shops all over the world sketching it out to fellow professionals.

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