The expert performance approach and deliberate practice: Some potential implications for studying creative performance in organizations Chapter uri icon


MeSH Major

  • Games, Recreational
  • Mental Recall
  • Problem Solving


  • This chapter is an attempt to address the central question of the expert-performance approach for creative performance-namely, how can one identify and examine reproducibly superior performance the expert-performance approach offers a unique framework for studying skill and expert performance. Whereas studies of expertise have traditionally identified highly educated and experienced individuals as experts and compared their performance to less experienced individuals, the expert-performance approach is committed to the objective study of superior performance, which captures the underlying skill in that domain and then designs controlled tasks that reproduce the relevant performance in standardized laboratory settings. The successful research on expert performance has focused on a single individual's performance, such as the surgeon, the soloist or the nurse in charge of post-operational care. The expert-performance approach is strongly committed to objective measures of performance and actively avoids judgments and ratings by supervisors or teachers, unless they can be demonstrated to be a valid shortcut to objective measures. © 2012 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

publication date

  • December 2012



  • Book Chapter


Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/B978-0-12-374714-3.00007-0

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 141

end page

  • 167