Restructuring Research Universities to Advance Transdisciplinary Collaboration

Michael M. Crow, William B. Dabars

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6 Scopus citations


Whether the context for knowledge production and innovation is the set of major research universities, system of government agencies and federal laboratories, or the research and development efforts of industry, boundary-spanning and transdisciplinary collaborative engagement is essential in addressing the complex scientific and technological challenges that confront society. Effective transdisciplinary collaboration, however, requires an optimally configured institutional framework as well as an academic culture conducive to innovation. Despite broad consensus regarding the imperative for transdisciplinarity, however, disciplinary acculturation continues to shape successive generations of scientists, scholars, and practitioners while the traditional correlation between disciplines and departments persists as the basis for academic organization. This chapter thus examines aspects of the accommodation of transdisciplinarity within the set of American research universities relevant to the advancement of team science and offers a case study of the restructuring of academic organization undertaken to advance transdisciplinary collaboration at Arizona State University.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationStrategies for Team Science Success
Subtitle of host publicationHandbook of Evidence-Based Principles for Cross-Disciplinary Science and Practical Lessons Learned from Health Researchers
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9783030209926
ISBN (Print)9783030209902
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • Academic culture
  • Arizona State University
  • ASU
  • Collaboration
  • Disciplinarity
  • Innovation
  • Institutional change
  • Interdisciplinarity
  • Knowledge production
  • Research universities
  • Transdisciplinarity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology
  • General Medicine


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