Contrary to what popular movies would have you believe, success in complex tasks is almost never the result of a lone hero. When scientists and engineers solve big problems, teamwork skills are just as important as raw talent.
Dr. Nancy Cooke led a 13-member committee convened by the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine to study ways to improve the effectiveness of research teams. Their report offers tips for research teams and recommends that funding agencies pay as much attention to researchers’ strategies for collaboration as to their capabilities. It was one of the most downloaded articles in the National Academies Press.