PITFALLS IN THE ORGANIZATION OF INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH*
William Caudill and Bertram H. Roberts
IT IS our purpose here to point up some of the organizational problems of collaboration which have not been as explicitly set forth as they might in previous discussions of methodology in interdisciplinary work. We feel this is useful because we believe that in the future many of the major advances in knowledge will be made by intellectually and emotionally congenial people from several disciplines who, working together, will cross ordinary academic boundaries in their search for insight. Each of the authors had worked on a number of interdisciplinary projects before collaborating, as anthropologist and psychiatrist, on several current investigations1 The thoughts presented here have been stimulated by discussions arising out of this work.
In recent years, social and psychological scientists have come to recognize that the phenomena they observe cannot be encompassed by narrow boundaries of any particular discipline. This recognition underlies the much reiterated theoretical viewpoint that the individual and the group do not represent a dichotomy but, rather, a single field of interaction. The acceptance of this viewpoint has led to an enthusiastic trend toward "in-____________________