T-Shaped People And Academia

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“T-shaped people” are what Bastian Rieck calls people with knowledge in one or more different fields, as opposed to “I-shaped people,” who are experts in one field. In academia, T-shaped people are often looked over by I-shaped people because they seem unfocused or lacking in expertise. This is most visible when looking at a T-shaped person’s record of academic publications versus that of an I-shaped person’s; an I-shaped person often has multiple papers under their belt, while a T-shaped person has comparatively few, presumably because they work on broader projects. Read full article here

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