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In order to begin searching for the solution approach, it is first necessary to ensure that the underlying problem affecting interdisciplinary collaboration has been identified - and this is not always obvious. 

Problem identification consists of two important parts. On the one hand, the clear identification of the root cause of the problem and the other is the development of a detailed problem description that includes the impact of the problem on interdisciplinary collaboration. 

Talking to stakeholders helps to identify the true problem, formulate it precisely and put it in the right context. Because problems are unique to their context, you will likely need to talk to several different stakeholders to get the full picture.

Identification of the root cause

In order to identify the cause of a problem, you need information. A combination of interviewing stakeholders and gathering information from research results provides some insight into the problem and its root cause. 


Detailed problem description

Describe how the problem occurs, how severe it is, and what the consequences and impacts are. In this way, you can also identify gaps in the information collected. 


The following four questions will help you narrow down the problem: 

  • Who is affected?

  • How big is the problem?

  • What/who is contributing to the problem?

  • When and where is the problem most likely to occur?


Solution Finding

Once you have successfully completed both steps and you are confident that you have identified and described the underlying problem in detail, the next step is to find the right approach. 


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