Symbolic communication in multidisciplinary cooperations

Duncker, Elke ORCID logoORCID: (2001) Symbolic communication in multidisciplinary cooperations. Science, Technology and Human Values, 26 (3) . pp. 349-386. ISSN 0162-2439 [Article] (doi:10.1177/016224390102600305)


With the advent of strategic science, multidisciplinary and cross-institutional research is more and more becoming the rule. The problems encountered by such multidisciplinary research and development cooperations are highly varied. They derive from multiple differences in the backgrounds of the participants and are often perceived as cultural gaps that need to be bridged for cooperation. The main argument of the article is that multidisciplinary collaborations have mechanisms at their disposal to cooperate despite multiple problems counteracting such a cooperation. Since symbolic communication is the primary medium of articulation across sites, this article focuses on how symbolic communication enables cooperation across sites without a deep comprehension of each other's work. Multidisciplinary cooperations start out with few shared symbolic resources, but as the cooperation continues, they may develop communicative boundarytranscending objects such as active and passive dictionaries and hybrid repertoires.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Computer Science
Item ID: 13085
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Depositing User: Elke Duncker-Gassen
Date Deposited: 27 Feb 2014 07:46
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2016 14:30

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