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Identification with the undefinded : On the professional identification with a new and innovative domain

Selg, Ole Steffen (2015) Identification with the undefinded : On the professional identification with a new and innovative domain.

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Abstract:When a new area of expertise comes into life, the new experts have to find their niche in the professional world. Because it has only existed for a relatively short period of time, there is not yet a clear definition of the work field and as a result, no single identity for that profession. The present research examined identification in technical medicine (TM), a novel domain that forms a bridge between the medical and technical world and in which innovation plays a key role. Ten working TM graduates were interviewed on their identification with the domain and the ways in which they become innovative. Analysis based on Grounded Theory showed that there are four main types of identification among technical physicians that are often, but not exclusively, bound to the individual’s field of work. It also showed that individuals differ in the ways in, and the extent to which they become innovative. Although identification and innovation appear to be linked, it was not possible to generalize clear patterns for the four identification types. The findings of the present study can be used as basis for future in-detail research and can help in curriculum construction.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/68808
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