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Defining a Culture of Excellence in Research

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Promoting excellence in research involves not only what research is done. It also contributes to how research is done, how research teams operate, and who participates. Research teams not only produce results, they also reproduce and sustain themselves as effective ongoing collaboratives. The goal is to create a culture of excellence that facilitates ethical and effective interpersonal dynamics, creative thinking, and productive science.

A culture of excellence means exceptional research done rigorously and ethically, in inclusive working environments with positive interpersonal dynamics, and in ways that support team members in building productive, meaningful research careers. Leadership plays a crucial role, both in setting the right kind of example and in attending to the elements of group dynamics that can make members feel respected and included — or not.

Many attributes of creating a culture of excellence are not intuitive, especially around the use of authority.

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