Title

Impact multi-disciplinary teams have in the development of individual beliefs towards team based efforts

Streaming Media

Type of Proposal

Digital Poster

Start Date

24-3-2015 1:00 PM

End Date

24-3-2015 1:50 PM

Faculty

Odette School of Business

Faculty Sponsor

Dr. Francine Schlosser (fschloss@uwindsor.ca)

Importance of the Project

We believe that this project is worth pursuing further because it answers how diverse teams, especially from different programs, have an impact on the development/attitudes toward team based projects. According to David A. Kravitz, current research states that diverse teams have a variety of resources that will enhance performance; however we are pursuing whether different fields of study are able to develop and function as a team and form healthy working relationships. We hope that this research will ultimately narrow down the type of diversity, gender, age, program and academics, that is the most beneficial when developing a team.

Existing State of Knowledge

Currently, there exists relatively little information regarding the effectiveness of entrepreneurship development through multiple-disciplinary teams. The intent of this study was to broaden the understanding of effective teamwork to the students and then have them apply their knowledge to business concepts. Existing research focuses on interdisciplinary classes that offer aspects of different disciplines (cite?). However, this study examines multidisciplinary teams; students with different academic backgrounds, enrolled in different discipline-specific courses are tasked with the responsibility of working as a team towards a common goal. Thus, the data collected provides a valuable contribution to this particular area of study, shedding light on the benefits of multi-disciplinary teamwork.

Research Question

Our question is whether or not the composition of multi-disciplinary teams has an impact in the development of individual beliefs towards team-based efforts.

Methodology

The research was conducted as a longitudinal study, with information collected from participating students at the end of an approximately three-month period (or a semester). Surveys were selected as the design for collecting the data, which were generally quantitative. Surveys taken at the end of the three-month period included a written section that provided a qualitative source of data, and were designed with the purpose of displaying any changes that may have taken place over the months of interest. Lastly, the data was collected from both disciplines involved in the study in order to accurately represent the effect of the project on either discipline. We will use self-reported demographic and attitudinal data collected at Time 2 for our analysis.

Your Findings

We are currently analyzing the data with Dr. Schlosser.

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Impact multi-disciplinary teams have in the development of individual beliefs towards team based efforts