Building biotechnology teams: Personality does matter

Anne S. York, Kim A. McCarthy, Todd C. Darnold

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Our study describes a naturally occurring experiment exploring linkages between interdisciplinary team outcomes and personality dimensions, general mental ability, and communication type and frequency. This research took place within the context of an NSF-sponsored bioscience entrepreneurship program that engaged science, health science, law and business students working in cross-disciplinary project teams in the technology commercialization process. Our results are consistent with research findings from the management literature. Deep-level diversity seems to increase conflict in teams and is quite difficult to overcome even over time; thus, finding ways to structure teams to minimize this type of diversity from the outset is desirable.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)335-346
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Commercial Biotechnology
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biotechnology
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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