R.B. Akins1 and B.R. Cole21Department of Paediatrics, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
El Paso, United States of America
2Department of Educational Administration and Human Resource Development
Texas A&M University
College Station, United States of America
Received: 13 February, 2006. Accepted: 5 May, 2006.
This paper explores a new idea about the future development of science and teams, and
predicts its possible applications in science, education, workforce development and research. The inter-relatedness of
science and teamwork developments suggests a growing importance of team facilitators’ quality, as well as the criticality of
detailed studies of teamwork processes and team consortiums to address the increasing complexity of exponential knowledge
growth and work interdependency.
In the future, it will become much easier to produce a highly specialised workforce, such as brain surgeons or genome engineers, than to identify, educate and develop individuals capable of the delicate and complex work of multi-team facilitation. Such individuals will become the new scientists of the millennium, having extraordinary knowledge in variety of scientific fields, unusual mix of abilities, possessing highly developed interpersonal and teamwork skills, and visionary ideas in illuminating bold strategies for new scientific discoveries. The new scientists of the millennium, through team consortium facilitation, will be able to build bridges between the multitude of diverse and extremely specialised knowledge and interdependent functions to improve systems for the further benefit of mankind.
teamwork development, knowledge development, science development, concept development, inter-relatedness of knowledge and science and teamwork
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