I read this article, and was so excited, I had to share. This article is about interdisciplinary studies applied to the operating room for cardiac surgeons. There are so many issues in the operating room with communication, interjecting when the “lead surgeon” was speaking, and just overall issues with qualifications and status. The new approach focuses on the idea of changing these issues to keep communication to an open level so that the interdisciplinary action team (IAT) can work more efficiently without bias and status blocking communication. The title of the paragraph that sparked so much interest to me was
SPEAKING UP IN INTERDISCIPLINARY ACTION TEAMS. This section goes over the issues and boundaries in the operating room. “This openness is particularly challenging for teams that include different disciplines because associated differences in status, training, language, and norms can impede communication and shared understanding. Disciplinary differences can lead to communication problems due to specialized training ad terminology and to differences in what is taken for granted by individuals in a given specialty (Dougherty, 1992)”
The most important part of collaboration in the operating room is understanding each member of the team in their methods and how they help in this situation. “In interdisciplinary teams, the team leader is often in the unique position of seeing the whole picture and understanding how different sources of expertise fit together in the project, and so team leaders in such situation can help teams create a shared meaning about the situations they face”. (Edmondson).
The article states that “Research on high-reliability organizations has emphasized the role of shared cognition of mental models for effective coordination in action contexts because team members can anticipate each other’s moves and be responsive in unexpected situations” (Edmondson). Essentially it is important for good harmony among the team members so that the environment is organized, and successful. It is important to remember that this is talking about operating on the hearts of their patients, and if the structure of the team is weak, it could compromise the health of the patient.
Effective communication is important in the work place, it promotes a healthy level of trust, and cooperation with colleagues no matter what their discipline, level of training, and status.
check out the article.
Edmondson, Amy C. “Speaking up in the operating room: How team leaders promote learning in interdisciplinary action teams.” Journal of management studies 40.6 (2003): 1419-1452.