1st Edition

The Social Psychology of Expertise Case Studies in Research, Professional Domains, and Expert Roles

By Harald A. Mieg Copyright 2001
    224 Pages
    by Psychology Press

    224 Pages
    by Psychology Press

    The Social Psychology of Expertise offers an integrative perspective to the analysis of experts and expertise in organizations, social roles, management, etc. It is the first book to link the psychology of expertise to sociology, particularly the sociology of professions. By examining the converging elements of both approaches and investigating the conditions of interactions with all types of experts, The Social Psychology of Expertise makes it possible to understand the market form of expert services.

    This book:
    *introduces the expert role approach--a new and encompassing view on the role of experts and how to use the experts' expertise in organizations, financial markets, and environmental issues;
    *enhances a mutual understanding between the psychology of expertise and the sociology of professions (for students, as well as scholars);
    *provides a helpful understanding of dealing with experts in the context of organizational behavior;
    *shows how we can make proper use of the experts' expertise in management and planning;
    *demonstrates how the role of experts influences volatility in financial markets; and
    *defines the limits of human expertise in predicting climate change.

    Contents: Series Foreword. R. Hoffman, Preface. Introduction. Where We Should Start: Cognitive Economics. Essentials of Expertise-in-Context: "The Expert"-Interaction. In a New Light: Organizational Role Conflicts With Experts, and Their Resolution. Case Study I: Experts--Risk--Financial Markets. Case Study II: Predicting Climate Change 1988-1997. Conclusions for the Conceptualization of Expertise-in-Context: Types of Experts, Uncertainty, Insecurity. Conclusions for Management With Experts: The Expert Role Approach.


    Mieg, Harald A.

    "Mieg works from a foundation in psychology and an interest in sociology that recognizes the importance of both the intrinsic characteristics associated with individual expertise and the role that social recognition plays in defining expertise."
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