Exploring Expertise

Exploring Expertise : Issues and Perspectives

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The growing social and economic significance of expertise is reflected in popular suggestions that we are moving into a post-industrial 'knowledge society'. The subject of expertise is becoming recognised in a range of scholarly disciplines ranging from science and technology, psychology, computing and artificial intelligence through to management and organisational behaviour. Exploring Expertise brings together some of these diverse understandings of the character and implications of expertise, and demonstrates through a set of empirical case studies how expertise means different things to different groups, how it is constructed differently in different settings, and the consequences of this process for relations between 'members' of the knowledge society and those 'on the outside'. The book includes case study material ranging from a hospital ward to a factory to a nuclear weapons facility.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 340 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 20.32mm | 458g
  • Basingstoke, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1st ed. 1998
  • XVII, 340 p.
  • 1349136956
  • 9781349136957

Table of contents

Issues and Perspectives; W. Faulkner, J. Fleck & R. Williams On the Economics of Expertise; P. Saviotti Gender, Expertise and Feminism; M. McNeil How Can Expertise Be Defined?; R. Hoffman Building Models of Expertise; N. Shadbolt The Structure of Knowledge; H.M. Collins Information Flow and the Nature of Expertise; J. Fleck Knowledge Flows in Innovation; W. Faulkner Trading Places: a Case Study of the Formation and Deployment of Computing Expertise; R. Procter & R. Williams The Contribution of Tacit Knowledge to Innovation; J. Senker Nuclear Weapons Experts; G. Spinardi Management and the Hybridisation of Expertise in Network Design; J. Howells 'You'll Figure it Out Between You'; G. Hardstone Automating Blood Pressure Measurements: The Division of Labour and the Transformation of Method; J. Hartland The Certainty Trough; D. MacKenzie
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About James Fleck

HARRY COLLINS Department of Sociology, University of Southampton
JOANNE HARTLAND School of Social Science, University of Bath
ROBERT HOFFMAN Department of Psychology, Adelphi University, New York, USA
JOHN HOWELLS Department of Business and Management, Brunel University
DONALD MACKENZIE Department of Sociology, University of Edinburgh
MAUREEN MCNEIL Department of Cultural Studies, University of Birmingham
ROB PROCTER Department of Computer Science, University of Edinburgh
PAOLO SAVIOTTI Universite Pierre Mendes-France
JACKY SENKER Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex
NIGEL SHADBOLT Department of Psychology, Nottingham University
GRAHAM SPINARDI RCSS, University of Edinburgh
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