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John Aldrich

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199331345

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199331345.001.0001

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The Pitfalls and Promises of Creating Interdisciplinary Research Organizations on Campus

The Pitfalls and Promises of Creating Interdisciplinary Research Organizations on Campus

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(p.183) 11 The Pitfalls and Promises of Creating Interdisciplinary Research Organizations on Campus
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Interdisciplinarity
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John H. Aldrich

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199331345.003.0011

This is the first of the final three chapters which examine how to best create an interdisciplinary research organization. Here, This chapter presents the thoughts of two scholars long involved in interdisciplinary research. Philip Tetlock examines the complex of design problems that stand in the way of creating successful interdisciplinary institutes. But he then argues but that there are also conceptual problems that threaten success even among the most highly motivated scholars. John Orbell takes the extended example of what is currently named the Institute of Cognitive and Decision Sciences at the University of Oregon. This account presents both successes and failures, illustrating well his understanding of the perils of interdisciplinarity. He even suggests that it might be better to think of interdisciplinary as “non-disciplinary” at all as way of helping unravel the complexities of the conceptual barriers both scholars point to in this chapter.

Keywords:   Philip Tetlock, design problems, interdisciplinary research institutes, conceptual barriers, John Orbell, non-disciplinary

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