The experience of the tacit in multi- and interdisciplinary collaboration

In exploring his concept of interactional expertise in the context of managers of big science projects, Collins identifies the development and deployment tacit knowledge as central, but acknowledges that sociologically, he cannot probe the concept further in developmental or pedagogical directions. In using the term tacit knowledge, Collins relies on the concept as articulated by Michael Polanyi. In coining the term, Polanyi acknowledges his reliance on Heidegger’s concept of being-in-the-world. This paper explores how Polanyi, and so Collins, fails to adequately ground the idea of the tacit in Heidegger’s hermeneutic phenomenology. In so doing, it employs a rereading of Being and Time to phenomenologically resituate the tacit. This resituating of the tacit allows us to go further than Collins in providing developmental and pedagogical approaches to the tacit in the context of the kind of interactional expertise that may be employed to enhance the effectiveness of collaborative, multi-and interdisciplinary teams like those found in team science and in professional settings like healthcare management. As illustrative, the paper provides an example of this resituated understanding of the tacit in the author’s work teaching in a multidisciplinary healthcare management program
Keywords Tacit knowledge  Heidegger  Interdisciplinary collaboration  Pedagogy development  Hermeneutic phenomenology  Interactional expertise  Michael Polanyi  Harry Collins  Team science
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1007/s11097-011-9248-5
 Save to my reading list
Follow the author(s)
My bibliography
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Revision history Request removal from index
Download options
PhilPapers Archive

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy on self-archival     Papers currently archived: 16,658
External links
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library
References found in this work BETA
David A. Stone & Christina Papadimitriou (2010). Exploring Heidegger's Ecstatic Temporality in the Context of Embodied Breakdown. Schutzian Research. A Yearbook of Worldly Phenomenology and Qualitative Social Science 2:137-154.

View all 12 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Add more citations

Similar books and articles
Harry Collins (2011). Analysing Tacit Knowledge. Tradition and Discovery 38 (1):38-42.
Stephen Turner (2012). Making the Tacit Explicit. Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour 42 (4):385-402.

Monthly downloads

Added to index


Total downloads

18 ( #152,160 of 1,725,958 )

Recent downloads (6 months)

3 ( #210,870 of 1,725,958 )

How can I increase my downloads?

My notes
Sign in to use this feature

Start a new thread
There  are no threads in this forum
Nothing in this forum yet.