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ERIC Number: EJ857096
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0969-6474
Emerging Interdisciplinary Practice: Making Nanoreactors
Olsen, Dorothy Sutherland
Learning Organization, v16 n5 p398-408 2009
Purpose: The paper aims to gain a better understanding of how different disciplines work together to develop new technologies. Design/methodology/approach: The study employs qualitative methods in the form of semi-structured interviews and observations. A socio-cultural approach is taken and the concept of the activity system is used to examine emerging practices. Findings: In the process of creating common practices the community overcomes some of the challenges normally associated with disciplinary diversity. What develops cannot really be described as a convergence of knowledge, more as an intertwining of work practices. Research limitations/implications: Although only tentative conclusions can be drawn from a single case study, the findings may have implications for the organisation of multidisciplinary tasks. Originality/value: The paper suggests a conceptualisation of emerging interdisciplinary practice and provides a descriptive account of knowledge creation in a new field within nanosciences and nanotechnologies.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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