chapter  7
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Teams and Networks

WithAbby Day Peters

This chapter looks at teams and networks to illustrate the nature of collaboration from the smallest project-based unit, to university inter-departmental groups, to networks drawn from different regions or countries. The Arts and Humanities Research Board emphasises people skills as well as traditional research skills such as data gathering and analysis. Academics who lead research will find that they are sometimes simultaneously handling a number of projects varying in size and complexity. Collaborative efforts can partly remedy financial hardships by sharing expensive resources such as scientific equipment or libraries. The concept of collaboration extends beyond the immediate project team to the programme as a whole. Seeking and maintaining a constructive collaborative environment becomes the focus for many successful team leaders. One of the most difficult adjustments for research leaders to make is to distance themselves from the immediate research process.