Received: 12th October 2023; Revised: 18th October 2023, 26th October 2023; Accepted: 31st October 2023


  • Marie-Anne Châteaureynaud INSPÉ de l’Académie de Bordeaux, Lab.E3D Université de Bordeaux, France
  • Dr. Marie-Christine Deyrich Professor Emerita in Applied Linguistics, College of Education, INSPÉ de l’Académie de Bordeaux, LACES EA 7437, University of Bordeaux, France
  • Dr. Marie-France Burgain Senior Lecturer in Applied Linguistics, College of Education, University of Bordeaux INSPÉ de l’Académie de Bordeaux, Lab.E3D Université de Bordeaux, France



Soft Skills, projects, partnership, Management, Collaboration, Commitment


Research collaboration is expected to offer many advantages, including the pooling of ideas, the creation of a shared identity and efficiency in the production of resources. This viewpoint has led to the development of a Europe-wide project involving several partner universities over 9 years. Many researchers are joining forces to work on collaborative projects, in the hope of benefitting science and the common good. However, these projects can be hampered by a number of difficulties, including too little recognition of the importance of cross-disciplinary skills in bringing a group project to a successful conclusion. Our presentation will review the specific features of the collaborative research context and focus on the specific cross-disciplinary skills required with the objective to successfully complete collaborative research projects. Our methodology based on qualitative research will show our experience of several international collaborative projects, which we will supplement with a corpus of exchanges and interviews.  Our findings from this project show that among the causes of the difficulties encountered, those relating to cross-disciplinary skills are central and among the skills required for collaborative research projects to run smoothly, our results highlight some of them. Our research shows the importance of the social link and soft skills in collaborative research projects and could be useful in future to those who want to start a new project and who may have underestimated the central importance of these soft skills.


Armstrong, F. (2019). Social Constructivism and Action Research: Transforming teaching and learning through collaborative practice. In Action Research for Inclusive Education (pp. 5-16). Routledge.

Botte, M., Pariota, L., D’Acierno, L., & Bifulco, G. N. (2019). An overview of cooperative driving in the European Union: Policies and practices. Electronics, 8(6), 616.

Brandstetter, R., de Bruijn, H., Byrne, M., Deslauriers, H., Förschner, M., Machačová, J., ... & Scoppetta, A. (2006). Successful partnerships: A guide. In Comunicação apresentada no OECD LEED Forum on Partnerships and Local Governance, Viena.

Brett, J., Behfar, K., & Kern, M. C. (2020). Managing multicultural teams. Harvard business review, 85(vember).

Deyrich, M. C. (2021). LSP in European Projects: Recent Developments and Challenges in Language Policy and Practice. Language Teaching Research Quarterly, 23, 105-120.

Dusdal, J., & Powell, J. J. (2021). Benefits, motivations, and challenges of international collaborative research: A sociology of science case study. Science and Public Policy, 48(2), 235-245.

Einstein, A. (2011). The world as I see it.,+A.+(2011).+The+world+as+I+see+it.+Open+Road+Media&ots=_ROG5a7-ez&sig=zA4587D690OwJFhV_Mf1pVZ-Ros&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=Einstein%2C%20A.%20(2011).%20The%20world%20as%20I%20see%20it.%20Open%20Road%20Media&f=false.

Fu, Y. C., Marques, M., Tseng, Y. H., Powell, J. J., & Baker, D. P. (2022). An evolving international research collaboration network: Spatial and thematic developments in co-authored higher education research, 1998–2018. Scientometrics, 127(3), 1403-1429.

Jena, A., & Satpathy, S. S. (2017). Importance of soft skills in project management. International Journal of Scientific Research and Management, 5(7), 6173-6180.

Karrbom Gustavsson, T., & Gohary, H. (2012). Boundary action in construction projects: new collaborative project practices. International Journal of Managing Projects in Business, 5(3), 364-376.

Liamputtong, P. (2020). Qualitative research methods.

Madani, R. A. (2019). Analysis of Educational Quality, a Goal of Education for All Policy. Higher Education Studies, 9(1), 100-109.

Pavez, I., Gómez, H., Liu, C., & González, V. A. (2022). Measuring project team performance: a review and conceptualization. International journal of project management, 40(8), 951-971.

Plume Dr, A., & van Weijen Dr, D. (2014). Publish or perish? The rise of the fractional author…. Research trends, 1(38), 5.

Sacco, T. (2020, June). The good, the bad, and the ugly: Dimensions of success and failure in research collaboration. In Sociological Forum (Vol. 35, No. 2, pp. 488-510).

Ward, M. R., & Delamont, S. (Eds.). (2020). Handbook of qualitative research in education. Edward Elgar Publishing.

Weinmann, C., Hückstädt, M., Meißner, F., & Vowe, G. (2023). How do researchers perceive problems in research collaboration? Results from a large-scale study of German scientists. Frontiers in Research Metrics and Analytics, 8, 10.




How to Cite

Châteaureynaud, M.-A., Dr. Marie-Christine Deyrich, & Dr. Marie-France Burgain. (2023). SOFT SKILLS FOR THE SUCCESS OF INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATIVE PROJECTS: AN EMPIRICAL STUDY: Received: 12th October 2023; Revised: 18th October 2023, 26th October 2023; Accepted: 31st October 2023. PUPIL: International Journal of Teaching, Education and Learning, 7(3), 89–100.