Dr. Grandon Gill holds an AB (cum laude) from Harvard College and an MBA (high distinction) and DBA from Harvard Business School. He is a professor and the Academic Director of the Doctor of Business Administration program at the University of South Florida’s Muma College of Business. He was also recently elected president of the Informing Science Institute.
Dr. Gill has published more than 60 peer reviewed articles, more than 60 case studies, and has authored or edited 11 books relating to his research in the informing science transdiscipline and in the use of case studies for education and research. Over the past decade he has served as principal investigator on two grants from the National Science Foundation, completed a core faculty Fulbright in South Africa, and received the Gackowski award for his lifetime contributions to informing science research and the Ranulph Glanville award for his research activities.
Donald Ropes is Professor of Learning and Development in Organisations at Inholland University of Applied Sciences. His research is on learning in complex environments, specifically how we can help people and organisations to become responsive: able to absorb shocks, adapt and thrive in new situations and look for challenges that can be turned into opportunities. For more than ten years, Professor Ropes has been working on advancing Design Science Research as a way to contribute to organisations’ development while at the same time expanding organisational learning theory.
Dr. Penelopia Iancu is doing research on the following topics: children and youth mental health, family intervention, interprofessional collaboration and integrated service delivery, complex problem-solving using creativity, ethical issues of documentation and social work education. She focuses on qualitative and mixed research and interdisciplinarity. She is Vice-president of the Interdisciplinary Research Group on Children and Youth Mental Health, from Université de Moncton, Canada.
Dr. Nagib Callaos is the Founding President of the a 32 years old Multi-Disciplinary Organization oriented 1) to solve real life problems which mostly require multi-disciplinary teams and inter-disciplinary research/communication and 2) to synergistically relate all disciplinary and inter-disciplinary departments of the University Simon Bolivar with private and public corporations. He also was the founding president of several organizations on research, development, and technological innovation and, for many years, consultant in Information Systems.
The format of this session is similar to a participative panel, i.e. there will initial speakers, on the same topic and the attendees can ask, any speaker at any moment for making an interruption to ask any question or to add a comment. Each attendee is maybe a panelist in the sense than he or she can answer any question made by any other attendees.
The focus of this session will be focused on: 1) what is interdisciplinary communication (as different, for example, but very related, to interdisciplinary research? 2) why is it important and need more academic awareness?, and/or 3) how it might be achieved at the individual, group and/or Institutional level?