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Reuse and recycle: The development of adaptive expertise, routine expertise, and novelty in a large research team

Paletz, SBF and Kim, KH and Schunn, CD and Tollinger, I and Vera, A (2013) Reuse and recycle: The development of adaptive expertise, routine expertise, and novelty in a large research team. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 27 (4). 415 - 428. ISSN 0888-4080

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Combining innovation and efficiency is ideal in many organizational settings. Adaptive expertise represents a cognitive explanation of how individuals and teams can learn to achieve simultaneous innovation and efficiency. In 2004, scientists led twin rovers on Mars in the search for historical water. The science team experienced a remarkable increase in efficiency, adapting with flexibility to unexpected events and dynamic, dwindling resources. After discussing the conceptual differences between adaptive expertise and related team learning and innovation concepts, we examine longitudinal behavioral data on novelty, routine and adaptive expertise. Sequential time series ARIMA analyses reveal that novelty fluctuated randomly, but both routine and adaptive expertise significantly increased over time. In addition, novelty, routine expertise, and adaptive expertise did not significantly predict each other directly or at a lag, suggesting that these are indeed three distinct constructs. Implications for theory and research on efficiency and innovation are discussed. © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Paletz, SBF
Kim, KH
Schunn, CDschunn@pitt.eduSCHUNN0000-0003-3589-297X
Tollinger, I
Vera, A
Centers: Other Centers, Institutes, Offices, or Units > Learning Research & Development Center
Date: 1 July 2013
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Applied Cognitive Psychology
Volume: 27
Number: 4
Page Range: 415 - 428
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1002/acp.2928
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Psychology
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0888-4080
Date Deposited: 23 Sep 2014 16:55
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2019 15:56


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