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Convergence of Libraries and Technology Organizations by Christopher Barth

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Specialization versus generalization: Crew assignments

Abstract:

As new professional identity and employment opportunities are developed, the tension between traditional models of specialization in higher education and the implied generalization needs of converged organizations grows. While this tension has always existed in libraries, the difference is greater in converged organizations. This chapter explores the specialization vs. generalization debate in the context of organizational size and mission.

Key words

polymath

specialization

generalization

professional identity

tension

organizational theory

organizational design

boundaries

interdisciplinarity

Polymaths

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