During my time here at the JTEL Winter School 2011 in La Clusaz, France I had the opportunity to reflect about my Ph.D. thesis. Tomorrow I will have to give a simulated thesis defense including the presentation of the overall context of the thesis and my overall research question. While the latter seems to be an easy task, I am rather heavily thinking about the first part. My thesis is placed in the middle of knowledge work in the research domain and I was wondering what you would comment on the statement:
Researchers are the archetype of knowledge workers.
For me this so obvious that it is even hard to argument for it. If you look at the typical job descriptions of researcher positions, they have to create new knowledge using a multitude of methods. Researchers are carrying out non-linear and non-routine tasks that require a lot of cognitive effort, combination and recontextualization. From my point of view that’s exactly how I would describe knowledge workers.
What is your take on this? Do you agree to the statement or do you think this is pure rubbish?