Ineffectiveness and inefficiency of interdisciplinary meetings


Interdisciplinary meetings tend to be less than successful because the group has relatively little ability to generate new knowledge or insight, as a genuine synthesis, rather than just interrelating what its members already know. Competing demands on members time, strong social pressures to defer to colleague's areas of expertise, and the limited duration of such events (or series of events) all erode the effectiveness of the meetings, whatever the degree of staff support. Furthermore, especially in the case of the many value-laden, incompletely understood issues that arise in relation to sustainable development, the consensual mode of synthesis may be impossible or inappropriate.

Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
Problem Type:
F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Date of last update
09.11.2020 – 18:03 CET