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Intellectual Leadership of knowledge exchange in 'big science' research networks

Grant reference: RES-062-23-1977

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Generating knowledge in a connected world : the case of the ATLAS experiment at CERN
The spatial challenges posed by the dynamics of globalization together with the availability of new information and communication technologies (ICTs) have fostered the development of virtual collaboration. Driven by organizational authority systems, however, much of this activity remains of a top-down, hierarchical nature. Although the proportion of bottom-up activity has increased, it has not displaced the top-down bias in the governance structures of firms and the formal processes that give them effect. Yet recent developments are challenging the organizational assumptions that underpin such structures and processes. In what follows, we first offer a theoretical perspective on the above questions and then illustrate it with a look at the way that the ATLAS experiment at CERN—one of the four experiments that are using the Large Hadron Collider (LHC)— is organized and managed. The ATLAS Collaboration—the team of physicists responsible for the experiment— consists of a culturally heterogeneous and loosely coupled population of agents, each operating in a different institutional setting. We shall use our theoretical perspective to interpret some of the issues raised by this kind of ‘big science’ experiment and discuss their implications for a broader class of organizations.
10.1177/1350507611408676
English

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Author Max Boisot

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42
4
Yes
1350-5076
SAGE Publications
01 September 2011
447-457
London
Post-print
Management learning

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Boisot, Max (2011) Generating knowledge in a connected world : the case of the ATLAS experiment at CERN. Management learning. 42 (4), pp. 447-457 London: SAGE Publications.

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Boisot Max. Generating knowledge in a connected world : the case of the ATLAS experiment at CERN. Management learning 2011; 42 (4): 447-457.