Knowing Everything about Nothing: Specialization and Change in Research Careers

Knowing Everything about Nothing: Specialization and Change in Research Careers

by John M. Ziman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521323851

ISBN-13: 9780521323857

Pub. Date: 07/23/1987

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Seeking answers to the crucial questions facing scientists who need to change the direction of their careers, John Ziman provides scientists and non-scientists with a close look at this ever-growing concern. A research scientist takes years to acquire specialized knowledge and skills and a whole career may then be spent as an expert in a very narrow field. Yet new…  See more details below

Overview

Seeking answers to the crucial questions facing scientists who need to change the direction of their careers, John Ziman provides scientists and non-scientists with a close look at this ever-growing concern. A research scientist takes years to acquire specialized knowledge and skills and a whole career may then be spent as an expert in a very narrow field. Yet new discoveries and social demands are bringing rapid change to science and technology. Is it really so difficult for scientists to move into new fields of research in mid-career? How are their attitudes toward change affected by their education, their research experience, their conditions of employment, and their personal ambitions? How can they be helped through such periods of change and re-deployed for further scientific work? Despite the great practical importance of this issue for science policy throughout the world, such questions have not yet been studied systematically. This book is written primarily for working scientists and their employers. For the non-scientist, it provides many vivid glimpses of modern science as a career, and at the same time opens up a whole new area of the sociology of science, of social psychology and of management studies.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521323857
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
07/23/1987
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
6.26(w) x 8.03(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. Research trails; 2. The research system; 3. Researchers and their work; 4. Versatility; 5. Motivation; 6. Life beyond research; 7. Fostering flexibility; 8. Managing a change; 9. Organisational policies and personal roles; Bibliography; Index.

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