• Kirsten Hollaender
  • Marie Céline Loibl
  • Arnold Wilts


This introductory chapter discusses management problems associated with transdisciplinary (TD) research. The chapter gives an outline of the relevance and challenges of TD project management. The means and skills necessary for the effective coordination of transdisciplinary research are discussed. The two main tasks facing TD management are identified as: facilitating mutual learning, and enabling shared goal definition in heterogeneous teams. A number of recommendations for the management of transdisciplinary research are identified based on this discussion and on the empirical chapters in this volume.


Research teams Project management Skills development  Management tools Adaptive approaches 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kirsten Hollaender
    • 1
  • Marie Céline Loibl
  • Arnold Wilts
  1. 1.Department of SociologyUniversity of GroningenGroningenThe Netherlands

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