Multidisciplinary research is a research technique in which tools from different sciences and disciplines are used to find an explanation for the question being studied. Multidisciplinary research is needed to solve many, if not all, of the major research challenges of the next decade. This cooperative and coordinated research requires the unified effort of experts from different disciplines. They all pool their knowledge to solve a problem(s) at hand.
In other words, this discipline involves the search for truth using many specialized branches of learning that aim to achieve a common goal using knowledge from other disciplines. Multidisciplinary research is an investigation or investigation of a problem to test the hypothesis combining many approaches, fields, or academic methods. Moreover, it can be defined as a knowledge search by an objective and systematic method for an original contribution to the existing stock of knowledge involving a combination of several disciplines and methods. Multidisciplinary studies address current and real problems, with a prioritized focus on solving them.
- Becoming Increasingly Prevalent
The multidisciplinary approach is very widespread in developing countries to solve the problem. It represents a progressive scholarly method. The multidisciplinary approach signifies that knowledge of several disciplines is used for a given problem and complements each other in such a way that it is possible to draw clear conclusions without being characterized as isolated or partial. When it comes to multidisciplinary research, a variety of disciplines are engaged in a certain line of inquiry that is specific to a problem or region. But the individual results of the disciplines concerned are only brought together in an aggregate. Modern research, therefore, tends to be frequently multidisciplinary in nature. The highly anticipated Maldives Conference – ICRTMDR-20 will delve deeper into how and why multidisciplinary research is all the rage right now.
- Problem Solving Is The Driving Factor Behind Its Prevalence
The reason for this is the growing dominance of problem-solving, project-oriented applied research. The growing research canon is about applying knowledge from various disciplines to the solution. It requires some insight into the current problem or at least an understanding of it in its totality, for which it is important to understand the multi-faceted concepts of the problem. It can be said that the multidisciplinary approach has become the need of the hour when it comes to solving most modern-day research challenges since they are complex in nature and require knowledge of all its aspects such as economic, social, political, psychological, etc. An effective multidisciplinary process is likely to require core human skills – such as teamwork, leadership, tolerance for difference and ambiguity, and altruism.
- A Multi-Thronged Approach To Problem-Solving
Therefore, a team of individuals specialized in various fields can be invited so that every aspect of a problem can be analyzed by a particular specialist in order to arrive at a suitable and acceptable resolution to the predicament. In most research ventures, a multidisciplinary approach can be applied to learn everything there is to know about a particular phenomenon. This can be done by a multidisciplinary team. Members of the multidisciplinary research team must have different skills and backgrounds. The different perspectives of team members should complement each other and provide a more comprehensive picture and deeper insights.
- Quickly On The Rise
The burgeoning prevalence of multi-faceted scientific disciplines such as biophysical chemistry, biomedical engineering, mechatronics, and bioinformatics, testifies to the importance of multidisciplinarity. Looking at the sheer number of multidisciplinary research conferences that are taking place across the globe, it seems like most policymakers acknowledge that uniting scientists from diverse backgrounds is a crucial part of solving problems that plague the world.
Being multidisciplinary does not mean giving up skills – it means moving into new scientific directions using one’s own special set of skills.
The Perks Of Adopting A Multidisciplinary Approach To Research
- Creativity Abounds
One of the problems that plague monodisciplinary research groups is the lack of creativity when it comes to determining what kind of work can be done. A multidisciplinary group can combine expertise from a particular field with other fields and create a diverse team. The blending of such varied expertise can lead to productive and high impact experimentation and analysis. For instance, a group working on vaccine development which would require expertise in virology could benefit from dermatological and neurological experts as well, to know the implications of the vaccine on the skin (because of the way the vaccine is administered) and the nervous system (because the vaccine will most likely be introduced into the bloodstream).
- Plenty Of Room For Skill Development
The most interesting part of multidisciplinary research is that one gets the opportunity to work on research ventures that require more than just one scientific discipline. This leaves room for honing one’s existing skills and learning a lot more from scientists that they’d never have had the opportunity to interact with before. Additionally, because you are most likely to be the only expert in your field in the group, you can work independently to resolve issues as and when they arise. If you’re interested in developing your multidisciplinary research skills, then ICRTMDR-20, the upcoming International Conference in Maldives is just the event for you.
- Innovations Of A Higher Caliber
Multidisciplinary research, more often than not, also leads to incredible scientific inventions. Much of science has arisen from the robust interactions of researchers from different fields. A good example of this is space exploration, in which researchers from all fields, including mechanical engineering, biomedical engineering, medicine, astronomy, geography, meteorology, etc., all gather together to ensure that an upcoming space mission is a complete success. Many of the power tools, including drills and compressors that exist today, are the result of innovations made during space exploration research projects.
The Challenges Plaguing Multidisciplinary Research
Some of the challenges that are obstacles to progress in research projects, which are multidisciplinary in nature, are highlighted below. Attend Maldives international conference – ICRTMDR-20, to know more about other challenges and how they can be overcome.
- The Lack Of Coherence
One of the most prevailing predicaments of working in a multidisciplinary research group is the lack of a common understanding. It can be quite hard to find a way to begin working on solving a certain challenge when the rest of one’s team members (each from diverse disciplines and schools of thought) have their own approach to problem-solving. This makes it challenging to deliberate over ideas with the rest of the team and acquire appropriate feedback. This problem fuels a sense of loneliness.
- The Lack Of Oversight
Another problem that plagues multidisciplinary research is that there is no meaningful review and evaluation of one’s work. One’s ideas and suggestions are either accepted without any questions or are rejected without constructive criticism. This makes it impossible for progress to take place.
Anyone that can overcome these challenges will find themselves to be quite successful in multidisciplinary science. To facilitate multidisciplinary research, universities and research institutes should encourage those willing to pursue this area.
How Multidisciplinary Research Skills Translate Into The Corporate Landscape
A few years ago, we were only familiar with the concept of interdisciplinary or interdisciplinary skill sets, which means that an individual should work at the limits of his/her educational discipline in the organization or that a student should learn interdisciplinary subjects of a field. Nowadays, the landscape is changing, and the working culture of the origination/business world has also changed. The multidisciplinary approach has emerged, and the management of the organization wants the employee to be able to work with a multidisciplinary team.
- Greater Efficiency
Interdisciplinarity indicates that the person works with only one area of expertise. For example, in the traditional work culture, the person could only outsource one task from their own specific area of expertise, and he/she most likely would be completely unable to work in other areas. Corporations, these days, are preferring to engage professionals who possess multiple skills or with multidisciplinary working capabilities. Those with such capabilities are able to solve problems quicker, reflect for improvement on their own, and, more importantly, facilitate the development of the organization using their expertise and skills together or as a team. A multidisciplinary team and multidisciplinary work culture are becoming a requirement in today’s highly competitive corporate landscape.
- Overtaking The Business World
Multidisciplinary work is often considered a revolutionary approach in today’s business world. The corporate world prefers a team made up of professionals from multiple departments such as finance, IT, HR, marketing, operations, warehousing, etc., all working collectively towards solving a problem or taking control of a situation that requires comprehensive knowledge and skills from multiple disciplines. The traditional culture of the organization was found not to be lacking in efficiency, which is why the multidisciplinary approach has recently become more popular among some progressive professional bodies who are very familiar with the concept of teams comprised of multidisciplinary experts working together cohesively.
Multidisciplinary studies or working with multidisciplinary teams is likely to be better for everyone or improving the organization. In today’s competitive world, each individual should have multiple skills, and it is only possible to adopt or improve the multidisciplinary approach. The culture of work is not limited to the country of origin. A businessman thinks of developing his enterprise, not at the national level but also internationally. Job opportunities extend onto the international platform. In order to be able to reach this stage, it has now become imperative for candidates to become multidisciplinary. It is safe to say that multidisciplinary competence is the demand of today’s business world. Register yourself for the biggest upcoming conference in the field of multidisciplinary research – ICRTMDR-20, right away, to learn more about how you can go about developing the multidisciplinary research skills one requires to succeed in the modern corporate world.
Multidisciplinary Research Conferences – The Best Source Of Skill Development In This Area
It is now natural for the following questions to arise -“where can one develop such a multidisciplinary skill set?”, “Do companies train their employees to develop skills in this regard, or will the individual have to learn for his/her own benefit? The responses to these queries aren’t quite straightforward. The development of multidisciplinary skills has to start from our education system. Students from any background, be it engineering, social sciences, management, or business, should be taught several subjects or be required to take multidisciplinary courses.
Across the globe, many universities, colleges, and schools offer multidisciplinary courses that allow students great flexibility to choose the course that supports them in achieving their academic and career goals. Online courses provided play an important role in multidisciplinary studies. They offer the possibility to choose from a range of different subjects, allowing students to learn in different ways. Another important way for students to develop their multidisciplinary research skills is to take part in high-level conferences such as the 3rd International Conference on Recent Trends in Multi-Disciplinary Research (ICRTMDR-20), which is expected to be held from the 26th to the 27th of December, 2020 in the beautiful archipelago of the Maldives.