The University of Nebraska at Omaha recognizes that collaboration is sufficiently complex that it requires the application of knowledge across many different academic disciplines. In other words, there is no single discipline that provides all the required knowledge, theory, methods, and techniques necessary for understanding collaboration. Successful collaboration requires the optimal alignment of people, process, information, technology, facilitation, and leadership.
Researchers at the Center study important phenomena such as productivity, creativity, satisfaction, achieving consensus, and implementing effective change-of-practice. They use this knowledge to develop new collaborative work practices for practitioners who are then provided with the capability to utilize the new work practices in their daily work without the ongoing intervention of professional collaboration specialists.