Researchers increasingly collaborate with colleagues across the University and external experts. Collaborations can be as simple as sharing techniques or as complex as multi-centered clinical trials. Collaborations have the potential for a number of dilemmas such as complex roles and relationships, divergent interests, dissimilar management styles and differing disciplinary and cultural interpretations.
Clear communication is key to effective research and collaborations should be commenced only after agreement on financial issues, authorship, intellectual property, training and supervision, and compliance.
Columbia University, RCR Module on Collaborative Science
Office of Research Integrity Educational Resources
Michigan State University Conflict Resolution Program
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