Home > Research > Publications & Outputs > Examining cross-national research teamwork

Links

Text available via DOI:

View graph of relations

Examining cross-national research teamwork: revealing rewards and challenges

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articlepeer-review

E-pub ahead of print

Standard

Examining cross-national research teamwork : revealing rewards and challenges. / McAlpine, L.; Skakni, I.; Sala-Bubaré, A.; Weise, C.; Inouye, K.

In: Qualitative Research Journal, 14.01.2021.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articlepeer-review

Harvard

APA

Vancouver

Author

Bibtex

@article{70f03071266949b88d594c502a909a3d,
title = "Examining cross-national research teamwork: revealing rewards and challenges",
abstract = "Purpose: Teamwork has long featured in social science research. Further, with research increasingly “cross-national,” communication becomes more complex, for instance, involving different cultures, languages and modes of communication. Yet, studies examining team communicative processes that can facilitate or constrain collaboration are rare. As a cross-national European team representing varied disciplines, experiences, languages and ethnicities, we undertook to examine our communication processes with the aim to promote better qualitative research practices. Design/methodology/approach: Viewing reflection as a tool for enhancing workplace practices, we undertook a structured reflection. We developed an empirically derived framework about team communication, then used it to analyse our interaction practices and their relative effectiveness. Findings: The results highlighted two under-examined influences, the use of different modes of communication for different purposes and the need for face-to-face communication to address a particularly challenging aspect of research, negotiating a shared coding scheme to analyse diverse cultural and linguistic qualitative data. Practical implications: The study offers a procedure and concepts that others could use to examine their team communication. Originality/value: The communicative processes that can constrain and facilitate effective cross-national research team collaboration are rarely examined. The results emphasise the need for careful negotiations around language, epistemologies, cultures and goals from the moment collaboration begins in formulating a project, through applying for grant funds, to when the last paper is published – timely in a context in which such work is increasingly expected. ",
keywords = "Communication, Cross-national, Research teams, Teamwork",
author = "L. McAlpine and I. Skakni and A. Sala-Bubar{\'e} and C. Weise and K. Inouye",
year = "2021",
month = jan,
day = "14",
doi = "10.1108/QRJ-06-2020-0067",
language = "English",
journal = "Qualitative Research Journal",
issn = "1443-9883",
publisher = "RMIT Publishing",

}

RIS

TY - JOUR

T1 - Examining cross-national research teamwork

T2 - revealing rewards and challenges

AU - McAlpine, L.

AU - Skakni, I.

AU - Sala-Bubaré, A.

AU - Weise, C.

AU - Inouye, K.

PY - 2021/1/14

Y1 - 2021/1/14

N2 - Purpose: Teamwork has long featured in social science research. Further, with research increasingly “cross-national,” communication becomes more complex, for instance, involving different cultures, languages and modes of communication. Yet, studies examining team communicative processes that can facilitate or constrain collaboration are rare. As a cross-national European team representing varied disciplines, experiences, languages and ethnicities, we undertook to examine our communication processes with the aim to promote better qualitative research practices. Design/methodology/approach: Viewing reflection as a tool for enhancing workplace practices, we undertook a structured reflection. We developed an empirically derived framework about team communication, then used it to analyse our interaction practices and their relative effectiveness. Findings: The results highlighted two under-examined influences, the use of different modes of communication for different purposes and the need for face-to-face communication to address a particularly challenging aspect of research, negotiating a shared coding scheme to analyse diverse cultural and linguistic qualitative data. Practical implications: The study offers a procedure and concepts that others could use to examine their team communication. Originality/value: The communicative processes that can constrain and facilitate effective cross-national research team collaboration are rarely examined. The results emphasise the need for careful negotiations around language, epistemologies, cultures and goals from the moment collaboration begins in formulating a project, through applying for grant funds, to when the last paper is published – timely in a context in which such work is increasingly expected.

AB - Purpose: Teamwork has long featured in social science research. Further, with research increasingly “cross-national,” communication becomes more complex, for instance, involving different cultures, languages and modes of communication. Yet, studies examining team communicative processes that can facilitate or constrain collaboration are rare. As a cross-national European team representing varied disciplines, experiences, languages and ethnicities, we undertook to examine our communication processes with the aim to promote better qualitative research practices. Design/methodology/approach: Viewing reflection as a tool for enhancing workplace practices, we undertook a structured reflection. We developed an empirically derived framework about team communication, then used it to analyse our interaction practices and their relative effectiveness. Findings: The results highlighted two under-examined influences, the use of different modes of communication for different purposes and the need for face-to-face communication to address a particularly challenging aspect of research, negotiating a shared coding scheme to analyse diverse cultural and linguistic qualitative data. Practical implications: The study offers a procedure and concepts that others could use to examine their team communication. Originality/value: The communicative processes that can constrain and facilitate effective cross-national research team collaboration are rarely examined. The results emphasise the need for careful negotiations around language, epistemologies, cultures and goals from the moment collaboration begins in formulating a project, through applying for grant funds, to when the last paper is published – timely in a context in which such work is increasingly expected.

KW - Communication

KW - Cross-national

KW - Research teams

KW - Teamwork

U2 - 10.1108/QRJ-06-2020-0067

DO - 10.1108/QRJ-06-2020-0067

M3 - Journal article

JO - Qualitative Research Journal

JF - Qualitative Research Journal

SN - 1443-9883

ER -