Collaborative Understanding of Complex Situations – A Toolbox for Multidisciplinary Collaboration (TMC)


  1. Lizotte, M.
  2. Derbentseva, N.
Corporate Authors
Defence Research and Development Canada, Valcartier Research Centre, Quebec QC (CAN);Defence Research and Development Canada, Toronto Research Centre , Toronto ON (CAN)
This report describes the Toolbox for Multidisciplinary Collaboration (TMC) and its development process. The TMC was developed at Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) in order to provide support to multidisciplinary teams in developing a common understanding of a problem or situation. The specific domain for the TMC application was an integrated planning team consisting of civilian and military planners applying Canadian Operational Planning Process (OPP). TMC was developed to support the first two stages of the OPP, Initiation and Orientation; however some of its elements also provide support to the third stage, Course of Action Development. The developed toolbox consists of seven components, all of which could be applied either independently or in conjunction with one another, depending on the requirements of the situation. In order to ensure the TMC’s relevance to the operational domain, the research team engaged experienced practitioners at all stages of the methodology development. The final TMC prototype was evaluated during a case study with a multidisciplinary planning team and independent observers. The overall evaluation of the toolbox was quite positive. The results of the evaluation and recommendations for future development and application of the TMC are also discussed in this report.

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complexity;collaboration;multidisciplinary teams;knowledge representation;conceptual graphs;concept mapping;operational planning process;OPP
Report Number
DRDC-RDDC-2016-R057 — Scientific Report
Date of publication
01 Apr 2016
Number of Pages
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