Solutions for sustained expertise in project-based organizations : Organizing for disciplinary leadership or disciplinary community
2015 (English)Conference paper, Presentation (Refereed)
A prerequisite for effective knowledge integration is access to differentiated and specialized knowledge bases. Knowledge integration often takes place in interdisciplinary project teams, where members spend most of their time working closely with members of opposing disciplinary domains in problem-solving processes. The disciplinary knowledge of individual team members is therefore key to the quality and outcome of the knowledge integration in organizations relying on interdisciplinary project work. This paper returns to a challenge well-described in previous research into project-based organizing, namely how to sustain and develop disciplinary expertise in the long run in an organization that promotes dispersal of disciplinary peers and an increased cross-learning across disciplines. So far, only a few studies have contributed to developing insights into how these challenges can be met, and how different organizational solutions might counteract the risks of losing disciplinary depth. Based on a comparative study of three cases, this study sets out to identify and analyze solutions that emerge in project-based organizations as a response to the challenge of sustaining and developing disciplinary expertise. The paper centers on structural solutions, and identifies two main types of expert structures that in different ways support disciplinary expertise: Expert structures for disciplinary leadership or for disciplinary community. These two types are further analyzed in relation to how they support disciplinary expertise.
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IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-120552OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-120552DiVA: diva2:846231
IRNOP Conference, London