work of this program area is the raison d'etre of the Hybrid Vigor
Institute. To date, there has been very little focused inquiry regarding
the components and factors that drive interdisciplinary projects
to success or failure.
goal of the Interdisciplinary Practice program area, then, is to
make explicit what works and what does not work for interdisciplinary
research. We will do so by various means, including the development
of methodologies and measurements for conducting interdisciplinary
work, as well as chronicling examples and case studies and conducting
social network analyses on a wide range of projects in private
as well as public sector organizations and universities which
cross disciplinary boundaries.
commitment to this program area springs from the knowledge that
a new methodology is critical in an era where the complexity of
problems has overwhelmed traditional, disciplinary methods for solving
them. While the potential for "being interdisciplinary" is enormous,
the reality is that few researchers have the knowledge or the tools
to approach a problem using interdisciplinary methods even
given the ubiquity of global networks which now allow researchers
to connect, rather than protect, the knowledge they produce.