Integrative processes create connections across multiple disciplines and areas of knowledge. They employ interdisciplinary approaches, which offer possibilities for expanding knowledge, opening new avenues of creativity and concentrating resources. These approaches involve the capacity to examine, interpret, evaluate, combine and use data, knowledge, concepts, resources and strategies creatively and productively to improve performance, advance knowledge and catalyze discovery and opportunity.

Integration depends on the discerning use of information from diverse sources. It requires critical and systemic thinking to combine diverse arrays of knowledge and inquiry to foster greater understandings of complex systems.