My research project
Why Transdisciplinary working is necessary and how to facilitate it
Our complex world is becoming increasingly characterised by the force that is globalisation. This force leads us into a new dawn of interconnectedness where complexity begins to transcend the forefront of human and organisational decision making. Transdisciplinary sciences are robust when applied in organisational contexts as it can produce multivariate knowledge for pragmatic solutions in response to the interconnected and complicated challenges that globalisation creates (Francois, 2006; Davidova, Kokina and Zarina, 2014; Oyinlola et al., 2018). Hannah Gooding is a PGR student at the Surrey Business School at the University of Surrey. Collaborating with colleagues in the TRansdisciplinary ENgineering Design (TREND) research group from Bath and Bristol universities, her work focuses on what Transdisciplinary working means within the engineering business context. Driven by the subsequent unity of knowledge in order to solve real life problems, her work aims to contribute to the closing of the 15-year lag between the emergence of TD within the general body of literature to its emergence within engineering (Lattnazio et al, 2020). More specifically the project takes a industrial focus and aims to identify what form of measurement can quantify theoretical transdisciplinarity into engineering projects in organisational contexts? For more information visit the TREND website. 1. Francois, C., 2006. Transdisciplinary unified theory. Systems Research and Behavioral Science: The Official Journal of the International Federation for Systems Research, 23(5), pp.617-624. 2. Davidova, J., Kokina, I. and Zarina, Z., 2014. From knowledge management theories to practice in public organisations: Towards a transdisciplinary approach (theoretical background). European Scientific Journal, 10(31), pp.118-132. 3. Oyinlola, M., Whitehead, T., Abuzeinab, A., Adefila, A., Akinola, Y., Anafi, F., Farukh, F., Jegede, O., Kandan, K., Kim, B. and Mosugu, E., 2018. Bottle house: A case study of transdisciplinary research for tackling global challenges. Habitat International, 79, pp.18-29. 4. Lattanzio, S., Carey, E., Hultin, A., Asrai, R.I., McManus, M., Mogles, N., Parry, G. and Newnes, L.B., 2020. Transdisciplinarity within the academic engineering literature. International Journal of Agile Systems and Management, 13(2), pp.213- 232.