Skip to main content
Article thumbnail
Location of Repository


By Jeanne Mengis, Davide Nicolini and Jacky Swan


This paper examines the phenomenon of interdisciplinary collaboration to critically appraise the widespread idea that working together requires the integration of knowledge. We build both on the concepts of common ground/grounding and interactional/contributory expertise to analyze in two case studies how common ground evolves in practice. We find that building common ground is a continuous process of both developing common knowledge and dissecting differences (dependencies) in knowing and of both confirming and questioning legitimacy of experts (positioning own expertise and admitting ignorance). We further discuss the relationship between personal and communal common ground and refine our theorizing in the context of interdisciplinary collaboration by distinguishing grounding activities specific to tasks characterizations. Keywords: Knowledge integration, common ground, learning across boundaries, interdisciplinary collaboratio

Year: 2014
OAI identifier: oai:CiteSeerX.psu:
Provided by: CiteSeerX
Download PDF:
Sorry, we are unable to provide the full text but you may find it at the following location(s):
  • (external link)
  • (external link)
  • Suggested articles

    To submit an update or takedown request for this paper, please submit an Update/Correction/Removal Request.