Trading zones and interactional expertise

The concepts of trading zones and interactional expertise provide useful ways of thinking about and improving collaborations across very different disciplinary communities, such as materials science, social psychology and ethics. The characteristics of trading zones include common language (which can range from jargon to pidgin to creole), ‘goods’ to be traded (such as time, resources, knowledge and skills), and boundary objects and systems. Interactional experts act as ‘trade agents’ and to achieve this are fluent in the language of two or more disciplines (although they can only do research in one of them).

Reference: Gorman, M. E. (2013). Trading Zones and Interactional Expertise, digital poster #542 (please note that this digital poster includes a video), from the First Global Conference on Research Integration and Implementation Canberra, Australia, online and at co-conferences in Germany, the Netherlands and Uruguay, 8-11 September, 2013.

You can access this digital poster as a powerpoint presentation: Note that this is an external website, which presents all the digital posters from the First Global Conference on Research Integration and Implementation.

Posted: April 2014
Last modified: August 2014