Beyond the Realms of the Specialists: The Challenge of the Generalized Issue

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  • William Bostock

Abstract

Who could not hold in awe the achievements of today's specialists in science or  technology? Moreover, the risks of overruling specialists can be catastrophic, as  demonstrated by the Challenger disaster, to take just one example. Yet there are  challenges still beyond the reach of the specialist. In the realm of medicine, there is  the baffling Anorexia Nervosa. In veterinary science, there is the devastating foot and  mouth disease. In the field of Internet gambling, there is another example of the need  for a transdisciplinary teamwork approach to a behavioral problem. The result is that  there is a need for a new role, the "specializing generalist".

Author Biography

William Bostock

School of Government 

University of Tasmania 

Private Bag 22,  Hobart, Tasmania  Australia 7005 

Tel: 61 3 263316  Fax: 61 3 262864

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Published

2008-01-01

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