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They give you the keys and say 'drive it!' Managers, referred expertise, and other expertises

Collins, Harold Maurice ORCID: and Sanders, Gary 2007. They give you the keys and say 'drive it!' Managers, referred expertise, and other expertises. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 38 (4) , pp. 621-641. 10.1016/j.shpsa.2007.09.002

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On the face of it, the directors of new large scientific projects have an impossible task. They have to make technical decisions about sciences in which they have never made a research contribution—sciences in which they have no contributory expertise. Furthermore, these decisions must be accepted and respected by the scientists who are making research contributions. The problem is discussed in two interviews conducted with two directors of large scientific projects. The paradox is resolved for the managers by their use of interactional and referred expertise. The same analysis might be applicable to management in general. An Appendix, co-authored with Jeff Shrager, compares the notion of referred expertise with contributory expertise.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Q Science > Q Science (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Management; Referred expertise; Interactional expertise; LIGO; Thirty Meter Telescope; Big science
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0039-3681
Last Modified: 31 Oct 2022 10:51

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