I believe in innovation and that the way you get innovation is you fund research and you learn the basic facts.
—Bill Gates, co-founder Microsoft
Scientific research teams are a specialized and highly important type of organizational unit. The purpose of this chapter is to explore the function, structure, and processes of research teams and organizations.
Science is about the discovery of patterns and the underlying order that appears to be woven through the fabric of the natural world.1 It is systematic and disciplined. Taken together, it represents the collective learning of humankind about natural phenomena. All human design is based on this knowledge. For example, ...