Sociology for Transdisciplinar Innovation: Useful R&D for Solving Real Problems. Case Study.
The methods and techniques offered by sociology show great potential for the organization, guidance and systematization of innovation teams. This paper presents the extensive experience of the research staff of the Department of Sociology I (at the University of Alicante) in the management of national and international innovation cross-disciplinary teams. Methodological conclusions of the detailed analysis of more than a decade of work in this field are presented. The success stories, best practices, mistakes for learning and organizational management improvements are also provided. The procedures used by the research team of sociologists, and its theoretical foundation, are set with the intention of spreading its usefulness as a tool in this field of application, justifying the importance of sociological knowledge in managing creative heterogeneous teams capable, instead, to cooperate harmoniously for generating technological innovations of great social impact. To conclude, considerations on the work that remains to be done, the possibilities of expansion of the discipline in this field and teaching models used in the University of Alicante for training future sociologists in this field are offered.