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Trading Zones and Interactional ExpertiseCreating New Kinds of Collaboration$
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Michael E. Gorman

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780262014724

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262014724.001.0001

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Interactional Expertise and the Imitation Game

Interactional Expertise and the Imitation Game

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Trading Zones and Interactional Expertise

Robert Evans

Harry Collins

The MIT Press

This chapter discusses recent empirical studies of interactional expertise. Interactional expertise involves “walking the talk” of an expert community, which means using the language of the community in ways that are indistinguishable from the language usage of an expert practitioner. A kind of Turing test is conducted for interactional expertise, in which an audience of experts tries to distinguish between an interactional expert and an actual expert, based on their answers to the same questions. The chapter describes how other researchers can conduct such tests. It concludes with a reminder that acquiring interactional expertise takes substantial time and effort—a fact which organizations encouraging and funding collaborations should keep in mind.

Keywords:   interactional expertise, expert community, language usage, Turing test

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