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Interdisciplinary projects as an expert-network: analysing team work across biological and physical sciences

Stephens, Neil and Stephens, Phil ORCID: 2021. Interdisciplinary projects as an expert-network: analysing team work across biological and physical sciences. Science and Technology Studies 34 (4) , pp. 56-73. 10.23987/sts.87339

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We report an analysis of how an interdisciplinary project bringing together biologists, physicists and engineers worked in practice. The authorship team are the Principle Investigator who led the project, and a social scientist who studied the project as it was conducted by interviewing participants and observing practice. We argue it is accurate and productive to think of the interdisciplinary team as an Expert-Network, which means it was a managed set of relationships between disciplinary groups punctuated by specific junctions at which interdisciplinary exchange of materials, knowledge, and in limited cases, practices, occurred. We stress the role of trust in knowledge exchange, and document how hard sharing knowledge – and especially tacit knowledge - between disciplines can be. Key is the flexible management of the network, as the membership and required skill set change. Our analysis is embedded within, and contributes to, the Sociology of Experience and Expertise (SEE) framework. We close by suggesting advice for others seeking to manage a similar interdisciplinary Expert-Network.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Dentistry
Additional Information: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License
Publisher: Suomen tieteen- ja teknologiantutkimuksen seura ry (Finnish Society for Science and Technology Studies)
ISSN: 2243-4690
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 24 March 2021
Date of Acceptance: 22 February 2021
Last Modified: 07 May 2023 03:52

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