American Sociological Review: Translating Expertise Across Work Contexts

American Sociological Review recently published an article authored by Michel Anteby, Dean’s Research Scholar and Professor, Management & Organizations and Audrey Holm, Lecturer, Management & Organizations. Michel and Audrey highlighted an unusual field- puppetry- to examine how the move of puppeteers from the live stage to televised performances necessitated differing expertise within the industry.

Expertise is a key currency in today’s knowledge economy. Yet as experts increasingly move across work contexts, how expertise translates across contexts is less well understood. Here, we examine how a shift in context—which reorders the relative attention experts pay to distinct types of audiences—redefines what it means to be an expert.