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Sustaining Interdisciplinary CollaborationA Guide for the Academy$
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Regina Bendix, Kilian Bizer, and Dorothy Noyes

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780252040894

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252040894.001.0001

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Building Trust and Respecting Suspicion

Building Trust and Respecting Suspicion

(p.46) Chapter 4 Building Trust and Respecting Suspicion
Sustaining Interdisciplinary Collaboration

Regina F. Bendix

Kilian Bizer

Dorothy Noyes

University of Illinois Press

Interdisciplinary success depends on participant willingness to take intellectual and professional risks. This chapter applies economistic accounts of trust and risk to the academic marketplace, with attention to inequality and differential identity. The economist's game experiments provide a productive analogy for the interdisciplinary project, a similarly reduced and temporary situation, though with real assets risked and payoffs envisioned. In the opening stages of a project, differences of disposition become apparent, heightening both social and intellectual suspicion. But the legitimate academic ethos of suspicion--taking no idea unexamined, including the slogan-concept of trust itself--must be balanced with a leap of faith in collaboration. Shared time, sociability, and explicit commitments can cultivate interpersonal trust that will increase risk tolerance at the higher levels.

Keywords:   interdisciplinarity, academic marketplace, trust, suspicion, game theory, risk-taking, sociability

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