Gardner, Heidi K. (2017): "Getting your stars to collaborate: how Dana-Farber turns rival experts into problem-solving partners." Harvard Business Review 95.1 100-108.
Type: Non-experimental study
Knowledge user level addressed by the literature: Individual, Organizations, Sectors
Experience level of reader: Fundamental
Knowledge user(s) to whom the piece of literature may be relevant: Policy makers, Clinicians, Brokers, Manufacturers, Developers, Intermediaries, Users, Advocates, and Researchers.
Setting(s) to which the reported activities/findings are relevant: Community, Federal Lab, Government, Large business, Small business, University.
Format: Peer-reviewed journal article
Annotation: This paper is a case study of a collaborative effort at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Scientific collaboration programs attempt to connect research to real life applications and many such programs pair university researchers or other public entities with private industry. Collaboration among big entities is a challenge because high-profile researchers are unaccustomed to oversight. In this case, researchers who previously enjoyed full autonomy were offered significantly more money to start a collaborative research center. The project came with the caveat that researchers use best practices commonplace in private industry such as business plans and project management principles. Reframing definitions of success and creating new paths for information sharing worked to foster collaboration over previously soloed and guarded researchers.
This article uses the Commercial Devices and Services version of the NtK Model