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Beyond the realms of the specialists: the challenge of the generalized

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Bostock, WW (2008) Beyond the realms of the specialists: the challenge of the generalized. International Journal of Transdisciplinary Research , 3 (1). pp. 69-79. ISSN 1559-8020

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Abstract

Who could not hold in awe the achievements of today's specialists in science or
technology? Moreover, the risks of overruling specialists can be catastrophic, as
demonstrated by the Challenger disaster, to take just one example. Yet there are
challenges still beyond the reach of the specialist. In the realm of medicine, there is
the baffling Anorexia Nervosa. In veterinary science, there is the devastating foot and
mouth disease. In the field of Internet gambling, there is another example of the need
for a transdisciplinary teamwork approach to a behavioral problem. The result is that
there is a need for a new role, the "specializing generalist".

Item Type: Article
Keywords: specialist, generalist, specializing generalist, Challenger disaster, anorexia nervosa, foot and mouth disease, Internet gambling
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Transdisciplinary Research
Page Range: pp. 69-79
ISSN: 1559-8020
Date Deposited: 01 Dec 2009 22:05
Last Modified: 10 Jun 2011 05:57
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