Nobel prize and multidisciplinary knowledge

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The Royal Swedish Academy, the organization that awards the Nobel prize made a brief but important comment when awarding the Nobel Prize to Paul Krugman.

“…He has thereby integrated the previously disparate research fields of international trade and economic geography…” [1]

In other words, they recognized the importance of crossing the silos of knowledge to construct new knowledge.

Complimentary knowledge processes
One one side we have disciplinary knowledge, on another we have efforts to integrate knowledge; together these tendencies mirror the process of divergent and convergent thinking.

In other words, both of these processes are important and complimentary.

Annotations
[1] National Public Radio: Columnist Krugman wins Nobel for economics

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