Knowledge and practice in multidisciplinary teams : Struggle, accommodation and privilege
Oborn, Eivor and Dawson, S.. (2010) Knowledge and practice in multidisciplinary teams : Struggle, accommodation and privilege. Human Relations, Vol.63 (No.12). pp. 1835-1857. ISSN 0018-7267Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0018726710371237
The importance of translating knowledge across occupational boundaries is frequently identified as a means of generating innovation and improving performance. The creation of the multidisciplinary team is an institutional response to enable such translation and synergy, yet few studies examine the processes of knowledge generation and translation in such teams. This article offers a case study that analyses these processes in decisions about the diagnosis and treatment of patients. Polanyi’s concept of tacit integration is used to reveal how meaning is developed and manifest in team decisions and to examine how the discursive resources embedded in tacit knowledge shape clinical practice. We highlight the foundations and dynamics that privilege the knowledge of some team members to be reconstituted as multidisciplinary group practice. Privileged knowledge then becomes embedded in the practices of the group. We conclude that the creation of a multidisciplinary structure may support rather than challenge existing power hierarchies.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Warwick Business School > Entrepreneurship, Innovation & Management
Faculty of Social Sciences > Warwick Business School
|Journal or Publication Title:||Human Relations|
|Publisher:||Sage Publications Ltd.|
|Page Range:||pp. 1835-1857|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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