SWOT analysis of multidisciplinary research
The SWOT analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats) is a strategic planning measure developed from Marketing Science, and applied to assess the strategic potential of a development-related research .
It has been widely applied to diagnose challenges and opportunities in development practice, including; for example, direct budget support .SWOT analysis has been found to result in superior decision-making compared to relatively unstructured methods “brainstorming” .
Strengths of multidisciplinary research
The benefit of multidisciplinary research which was the most cited is that it provides different approaches and perspectives on ...view middle of the document...
Multidisciplinary projects increase considerably the network of contacts especially for young researchers. There is also a multiplicative effect for setting up new projects. It provides more opportunities of getting new funding contacts. Multidisciplinary research leads to an increasing impact and visibility of one discipline’s progress.
Another strength of multidisciplinary research is that the motivation of researchers increases because their own expertise can be applied to other areas. It is linked to more reconnaissance of one’s work.
Multidisciplinary research helps setting and exploring new ideas or investigates neglected areas. Many interviewed people said that interacting with people from your own discipline can generally just bring incremental innovation whereas collaborating with people from other disciplines can potentially lead to the generation of new ideas and breakthrough technologies.
Multidisciplinary projects allow pulling expertise from different disciplines to solve specific issues. In the case of applied research most people said that the collaboration was necessary because only one partner did not have the sufficient expertise to do the entire work by himself.
Moreover, multidisciplinary research is seen as indispensable nowadays to tackle complex problems which cross boundaries of disciplines. Nevertheless some people acknowledged that there is still a debate between pros and cons of having, for instance, computer science inspired by biology. In any case, there is certainly a need for developing more sophisticated artifacts which is in favor of multidisciplinary research.
Also the advantage of multidisciplinary research is that research can converge more rapidly. Researchers are efficient more rapidly if they are able to sum their expertise to solve problems. Indeed it would take longer time for just one laboratory to gain the required level of expertise in another field.
Another opportunity of multidisciplinary project is that it can serve as a bridge between fundamental and applied research. Indeed fundamental researchers can confront their knowledge to real problems and applied researchers can benefit from the most advanced knowledge.
Also, the return on investment in funding the research in one discipline is augmented in the case where the knowledge of one discipline can be applied in another discipline. It also applies for the use of tools or methodologies of one discipline to solve problems of other disciplines.
Therefore multidisciplinary research offers the opportunity to open new areas of research, tackle complex problems and cover investment in research by opening the use of knowledge, tools, methodology and solutions generated in one discipline to other disciplines.
The weaknesses of multidisciplinary research are mainly linked to problems of communication between people from different disciplines. These problems require more time to be settled down than conventional...