We typically think of virtues as habits of thought or action possessed by an individual that are reliably linked to behavior we value positively. Honesty for example is a habit of both thought and action in which one not only speaks truly but does so in a way that is appropriate to the circumstances. TDI research in this area focuses on two linked questions:
- Are there individual level virtues associated with collaboration or teaming? That is, are there habits that reliably support positive team outcomes across the variety of teaming situations or (in contrast) are the circumstances of teaming so various that no single set of stable habits will always support positive team performance?
- Are there group level virtues associated with successful collaboration or teaming? Perhaps there are no individual level habits that reliably support successful teaming but there are stable structural features (that is, features of the group as a whole) that do support such outcomes. Would such group level features count as virtues and could they be taught to groups?
This work is at an early stage of development and owes a great deal to the work of Dr. Jeni Cross at Colorado State.
Themes associated with this research can be found in i) presentations at SciTS (2019 – Lansing) and ii) publications (Laursen et al 2020). Please contact Steve Crowley for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.