The future of teamwork research: a multidisciplinary approach


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Recent shifts in societal trends and organizational structures are significantly transforming work teams, highlighting new determinants of team performance and resilience (Kerrisey et al., 2020; Salas, Reyes, & McDaniel, 2018; Rudolph et al., 2021). Moreover, the development of novel technologies enables new ways of gathering and analysing data that may allow us to answer questions that were elusive in the past. This pivotal moment invites a comprehensive and multidisciplinary re-evaluation of the core research questions in group and team studies and prompts us to envision the future trajectories of this field over the next decade. 
It is widely recognized that research about groups and teams spans across multiple disciplines, including, but not limited to psychology, organizational behaviour, health science, sports science, and communication science. There is consensus that collaboration among these different disciplines is key for advancing the field and reaching a more holistic understanding of team dynamics (Börner et al., 2010; Institute of Medicine, 2005; Proctor et al., 2019). However, interdisciplinary integration remains challenging due to differences in methods, theories, and publication conventions (Beck et al., 2017; Lehmann-Willenbrock et al., 2017). 
This special issue aims at fostering a dialogue about what group and team research should focus on in the coming decade and what methods and processes may facilitate a synthesis between disciplines. Thereby we aim to stimulate a discussion about challenges and best-practices and promote multidisciplinary research collaborations to advance the knowledge on groups and teams. 
We invite opinion papers, papers exemplifying novel methods, case studies, as well as integration papers, in which scholars from different scientific disciplines reflect on similarities and differences between their respective fields.

List of Topic Areas

  • Reflections on critical questions in the field 
  • Articles or reflections on the gap between research and practice 
  • Articles showcasing or describing innovative methods 
  • Articles discussing or providing guidance on the social structure and organization of teamwork research as a field (e.g. regarding multiple lab studies, research covering non-WEIRD groups, international collaborations, the review process) 
  • Articles providing examples of multidisciplinary collaborations.
  • Articles providing reflections on the integration of research form different disciplines

Submissions Information

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Authors should select (from the drop-down menu) the special issue title at the appropriate step in the submission process, i.e. in response to ““Please select the issue you are submitting to”. 
Submitted articles must not have been previously published, nor should they be under consideration for publication anywhere else, while under review for this journal.

Key Deadlines

Opening date for manuscripts submissions: 15/08/2024 
Closing date for manuscripts submission: 01/03/2025


Beck, S. J., Meinecke, A. L., Matsuyama, Y., & Lee, C. C. (2017). Initiating and maintaining collaborations and facilitating understanding in interdisciplinary group research. Small Group Research, 48(5), 532-543.
Börner, K., Contractor, N., Falk-Krzesinski, H. J., Fiore, S. M., Hall, K. L., Keyton, J., ... & Uzzi, B. (2010). A multi-level systems perspective for the science of team science. Science translational medicine, 2(49). Institute of Medicine. (2005). Facilitating interdisciplinary research. Washington, DC: National Academies Press.
Lehmann-Willenbrock, N., Hung, H., & Keyton, J. (2017). New frontiers in analyzing dynamic group interactions: Bridging social and computer science. Small Group Research, 48(5), 519-531. 
Kerrissey, M. J., Satterstrom, P., & Edmondson, A. C. (2020). Into the fray: Adaptive approaches to studying novel teamwork forms. Organizational Psychology Review, 10(2), 62-86. 
Rudolph, C. W., Allan, B., Clark, M., Hertel, G., Hirschi, A., Kunze, F., ... & Zacher, H. (2021). Pandemics: Implications for research and practice in industrial and organizational psychology. Industrial and Organizational Psychology, 14(1-2), 1-35. 
Salas, E., Reyes, D. L., & McDaniel, S. H. (2018). The science of teamwork: Progress, reflections, and the road ahead. American Psychologist, 73(4), 593–600.