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The Role of Domain Specialists: A Case of New Product Development

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  • Kenneth Nygaard
Role development is often a process driven through the likes of coworker and peers. This study investigates self-driven role development through task adjustment for highly educated technical specialists. The results of a qualitative case study including 26 semi-structured interviews reveal that specialist roles develop through a balancing act between performing formal tasks and an explorative emerging task. This is catalyzed by understanding the process of new product development which specialists build by interactions and observation within an organization. This study contributes to the understanding of continued occupational role development of highly specialized workers in high-tech industries. It adds insights on how specialists by themselves drive role development by doing emerging tasks, which, if successful, leads to an adjustment of their formal task."
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAcademy of Management Proceedings
PublisherAcademy of Management
Publication year2020
Publication statusPublished - 2020

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