Collisions and Collaboration: The Organization of Learning in the ATLAS Experiment at the LHC

Hardcover | September 11, 2011

EditorMax BoisotbyMarkus Nordberg, Said Yami

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After twenty-five years of preparation, the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, Geneva, is finally running its intensive scientific experiments into high-energy particle physics. These experiments, which have so captured the public's imagination, take the world of physics to a new energy level, theterascale, at which elementary particles are accelerated to one millionth of a percent of the speed of light and made to smash into each other with a combined energy of around fourteen trillion electron-volts. What new world opens up at the terascale? No one really knows, but the confidentexpectation is that radically new phenomena will come into view. The kind of 'big science' being pursued at CERN, however, is becoming ever more uncertain and costly. Do the anticipated benefits justify the efforts and the costs? This book aims to give a broad organizational and strategic understanding of the nature of 'big science' by analyzing one of the majorexperiments that uses the Large Hadron Collider, the ATLAS Collaboration. It examines such issues as: the flow of 'interlaced' knowledge between specialist teams; the intra- and inter-organizational dynamics of 'big science'; the new knowledge capital being created for the workings of the experimentby individual researchers, suppliers, and e-science and ICTs; the leadership implications of a collaboration of nearly three thousand members; and the benefits for the wider societal setting. This book aims to examine how, in the face of high levels of uncertainty and risk, ambitious scientific aims can be achieved by complex organizational networks characterized by cultural diversity, informality, and trust - and where 'big science' can head next.

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After twenty-five years of preparation, the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, Geneva, is finally running its intensive scientific experiments into high-energy particle physics. These experiments, which have so captured the public's imagination, take the world of physics to a new energy level, theterascale, at which elementary particles ar...

Max Boisot is Professor at ESADE in Barcelona, Associate Fellow at the Said Business School, Oxford University, and Senior Research Fellow at the Snider Center for Entrepreneurial Research, The Wharton School, the University of Pennsylvania. Between 1984 and 1989 he was Dean and Director of the China-Europe Management Program in Beiji...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.01 inPublished:September 11, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Max Boisot, Markus Nordberg, Said Yami, and Bertrand Nicquevert: Introduction - Big Science Challenges in the Twenty-First Century1. Peter Jenni, Markus Nordberg and Max Boisot: What is ATLAS?2. Max Boisot and Markus Nordberg: A Conceptual Framework: The I-Space3. Timo J. Santalainen, Markus Nordberg, Ram B. Baliga, and Max Boisot: Emergent Strategies and New Research management Models: Lessons from the ATLAS Adhocracy4. Philipp Tuertscher, Raghu Garud, Markus Nordberg, and Max Boisot: The Concept of an Atlas Architecture5. Said Yami, Markus Nordberg, Bertrand Nicquevert, and Max Boisot: ATLAS as Collective Strategy6. Olli Vuola and Max Boisot: Buying under Conditions of Uncertainty: A Proactive Approach7. Erkko Autio, Marilena Streit-Bianchi, Ari-Pekka Hameri, Markus Nordberg, and Max Boisot: Learning and Innovation in Procurement: The Case of ATLAS-type Projects8. Marko Arenius and Max Boisot: A Tale of four Atlas Suppliers9. Bertrand Nicquevert, Said Yami, Markus Nordberg, and Max Boisot: From Russia With Love: A Contributing Country Perspective10. Beatrice Bressan and Max Boisot: The Individual in the ATLAS Collaboration: A Learning Perspective11. Shantha Liyanage and Max Boisot: Leadership in the ATLAS Collaboration12. Hans Hoffmann, Markus Nordberg, and Max Boisot: ATLAS and e-Science13. Max Boisot and Markus Nordberg: ATLAS and the Future of High-Energy Physics