As a leader you want to be good at supporting the collaboration across units in the company and across different professions. If the leader manage to do so, then the organisation holds a huge potential of different kinds of knowledge, experience, and skills, which advantageously can be combined in new and different ways. A strong interdisciplinary collaboration allows not only better and more efficient operations (doing better), but also allows innovation, understood as new ways to both understand, and solve problems (doing different).
Actually, we know from research in interdisciplinary collaboration, that we typically have five barriers that impede cooperation. But once these are identified it makes it easier to manage and support collaboration across. And one of the best ways to improve the interdisciplinary cooperation in your own device is to know which barriers that exist among you. In turn it is easier to decide how the barriers can be minimised, reduced or even eliminated.
For this purpose Innoversity CPH has developed a so-called self-test, with a total of 15 questions - 3 questions per barrier. This test uncover which collaboration barriers that cause problems in your own devise, and at the same time, gives you a great insight into the barriers that apparently are causing problems across the entire organisation.
The five classic barriers to collaboration across is:
- the Finding Barrier
- the Self Sufficient Barrier
- the Homogeneity Barrier
- the Knowledge is Power Barrier
- the Transfer Barrier
When the employee has answered the 15 questions, he/she will find out which score each of barrier has. If the score is GREEN, it indicated that the barriers apparently causes no problem in that device. When YELLOW the barrier apparently causes certain problems, and is it RED, the barrier causes major problems in relation to cooperation across. The leader will also receive a description of each of the five barriers, along with advice and recommendations in relation to each barrier in the cooperation. It will take a maximum of 5-10 minutes to answer the QuickTest.