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Collisions and Collaboration: The Organization of Learning in the ATLAS Experiment at the LHC Hardcover – October 11, 2011

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (October 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199567921
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199567928
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,084,628 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This is a masterful piece of research that will make an enduring contribution to our knowledge of how the organization of science develops at the frontier of knowledge. Boisot and his many colleagues have crafted an excellent volume that convincingly explains why management theorists may have more to learn about scientific organization from physicists than vice versa."--Henry Chesbrough, University of California, Berkeley, and author of Open Innovation: The New Imperative for Creating and Profiting from Technology (OUP, 2006)

"This book has vast implications far beyond CERN, The Large Hadron Collider, and the Atlas project. Based on the concept of 'Information Space', 3000 scientists and others face the irreducible unknown. Standard planning and optimization fail. Emergence and generativity succeed. This book is a prolegomenon for governments and an emergent set of interwoven global civilizations."--Stuart Kauffman, MacArthur Fellow FRSC, Santa Fe Institute, University of Vermont, and author of At Home in the Universe, Investigations, and others

"A brilliant book that unpacks the actual doing of Big Science, including the epistemological, human, and management dimensions of running perhaps the most complex scientific experiment ever done by mankind. These different perspectives are then neatly interwoven through the Boisot I-Space framework bringing insight and coherence to this global effort. Although I have followed the development of I-Space over the years, I have never fully understood its potential until I read through this book, not once but twice. This book breaks so much new ground it is a must read for academics, policy workers, and those responsible for running complex R&D efforts in a global economy."--John Seely Brown, Former Chief Scientist, Xerox Corp., and Director of Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC); Co-Chair, Deloitte Center for the Edge; and Visiting Scholar and Advisor to the Provost, University of Southern California

About the Author

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 Beijing. This has since evolved into the China-Europe International Business School (CEIBS) in Shanghai. Max Boisot has published in Administrative Science Quarterly, Organization Science, Research Policy, and The Journal of Evolutionary Economics. His book, Knowledge Assets: Securing Competitive Advantage in the Information Economy (Oxford University Press, 1998) was awarded the Ansoff Prize for the best book on strategy in 2000.

Markus Nordberg is the Resources Coordinator of the ATLAS project at CERN, Switzerland, where his responsibilities include budget planning and resources allocation for the ATLAS project. He has also served as Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Centrum voor Bedrijfseconomie, Faculty ESP-Solvay Business School, University of Brussels, and as a member of the Academy of Management, Strategic Management Society and the Association of Finnish Parliament Members and Scientists, TUTKAS. He has a degree both in Physics and in Business Administration.

Said Yami is associate Professor at the University of Montpellier 1 and Professor at EUROMED Management (France) in Strategic Management. He has published many research articles and several books. His main research relates to competitive relationships through the topics of rivalry and disruptive strategies, collective strategies, and coopetition. He also develops research on entrepreneurship and strategy in high-tech industries. His main field of analysis is the knowledge-based economy. Among his more recent publications is Coopetition: Winning Strategies for the 21st Century (edited by Yami S, Castaldo S., Le Roy F., and Dagnino G.B.; Elgar 2010).

Bertrand Nicquevert is a Project Engineer at CERN. Within the ATLAS collaboration, he held various positions: as a member of the technical coordination, he was in charge of the geometrical integration; he led the technical design office; he was the project leader of the main ATLAS structure; and the coordinator of various zones, such as the so-called shielding disc. He then joined the Large Hadron Collider installation coordination, and worked on the design of the next generation of linear colliders. He is now work package holder for the integration and design of the MedAustron project for oncological hadrontherapy. In addition to his function of engineer, Bertrand Nicquevert has taken part of various research programs, in the field of history and sociology of science (with Peter Galison from Harvard University), and of design research, mainly in close collaboration with the Grenoble University.

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This is a first-class introduction to advanced particle physics and its research for the non-physicist, and a fascinating look inside the organization of the largest multinational research effort of our times. In advanced physics, this is "the only game in town" -- so its outcomes matter enormously to the physicists taking part, and also to the millions of citizens from around the world whose taxes fund it, and whose economies will benefit (eventually) from its findings. The recent success of the CERN researchers in discovering evidence of the Higgs boson is testimony that the intricate web of trust and information sharing and collaborative learning worked, despite the vast majority of researchers not being CERN employees. The sheer audacity of endeavoring to find evidence required significant advances in detectors and computers particularly, well beyond the capabilities of the time when this project began. Hence not only did researchers have to push their suppliers; they also had to interactively solve problems, where one researcher's preference might unwittingly cause difficulties for others. The book lays out the organizational responses to such uncertainty -- key lessons for businesses with outsourced partners scattered around the globe, mostly not company employees, whose innovative capabilities must be engaged. Well worth the effort to read it!Collisions and Collaboration: The Organization of Learning in the ATLAS Experiment at the LHC
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