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PLEASE SCROLL DOWN FOR ARTICLE This article was downloaded by: [Boise State University] On: 7 August 2009 Access details: Access Details: [subscription number 906603108] Publisher Routledge Informa Ltd Registered in England and Wales Registered Number: 1072954 Registered office: Mortimer House, 37-41 Mortimer Street, London W1T 3JH, UK Journal of Applied Communication Research Publication details, including instructions for authors and subscription information: Building Collective Communication Competence in Interdisciplinary Research Teams Jessica Leigh Thompson Online Publication Date: 01 August 2009 To cite this Article Thompson, Jessica Leigh(2009)'Building Collective Communication Competence in Interdisciplinary Research Teams',Journal of Applied Communication Research,37:3,278 — 297 To link to this Article: DOI: 10.1080/00909880903025911 URL: Full terms and conditions of use: This article may be used for research, teaching and private study purposes. Any substantial or systematic reproduction, re-distribution, re-selling, loan or sub-licensing, systematic supply or distribution in any form to anyone is expressly forbidden. The publisher does not give any warranty express or implied or make any representation that the contents will be complete or accurate or up to date. The accuracy of any instructions, formulae and drug doses should be independently verified with primary sources. The publisher shall not be liable for any loss, actions, claims, proceedings, demand or costs or damages whatsoever or howsoever caused arising directly or indirectly in connection with or arising out of the use of this material.
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Building Collective Communication Competence in Interdisciplinary Research Teams Jessica Leigh Thompson Using a grounded theory approach, this investigation addresses how an interdisciplinary research (IDR) team negotiates meaning and struggles to establish and sustain a sense of collective communication competence (CCC). Certain communication processes were foundational to building CCC, such as spending time together, practicing trust, discussing language differences, and engaging in team tasks. Demonstrating presence, engaging in reflexive and backstage communication, and shared laughter facilitated and often expedited CCC development, whereas sarcastic humor, unproductive debates of expertise, expressions of boredom, and jockeying for power challenged and deteriorated the team’s CCC. Keywords: Collective Communication Competence; Interdisciplinary Communication; Interdisciplinary Research Team; Ethnography; Grounded Theory Interdisciplinary research (IDR) is becoming increasingly necessary due to the societal and scientific complexities of problems. However, IDR projects can be challenging for academic experts, who are typically trained in a specific field of theories, methodologies, and research processes. Team members must negotiate how
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