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

Max Boisot, Markus Nordberg, Saïd Yami, and Bertrand Nicquevert


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 — the terascale — 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 confident expectation ... More

Keywords: Large Hadron Collider, CERN, physics, terascale, Big Science, ATLAS Collaboration, uncertainty, risk

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199567928
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199567928.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Max Boisot, editor
Professor at ESADE, University of Ramon Llull, Barcelona
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Markus Nordberg, editor
ATLAS Resources Coordinator, CERN, Geneva

Saïd Yami, editor
Associate Professor, the University of Montpellier 1 and Professor, Euromed Management, France

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Introduction: Big Science Challenges in the Twenty-First Century

Max Boisot, Markus Nordberg, Saïd Yami, and Bertrand Nicquevert

1 What is ATLAS?

Peter Jenni, Markus Nordberg, and Max Boisot

2 A Conceptual Framework: The I-Space

Max Boisot and Markus Nordberg

3 New Management Research Models: Lessons from the ATLAS Adhocracy

Timo J.Santalainen, Markus Nordberg, Ram B.Baliga, and Max Boisot

4 The Concept of an ATLAS Architecture

Philipp Tuertscher, Raghu Garud, Markus Nordberg, and Max Boisot

5 ATLAS as Collective Strategy

Saïd Yami, Markus Nordberg, Bertrand Nicquevert, and Max Boisot

7 Learning and Innovation in Procurement: The Case of ATLAS-Type Projects

Erkko Autio, Marilena Streit-Bianchi, Ari-Pekka Hameri, and Max Boisot

8 A Tale of Four Suppliers

Marko Arenius and Max Boisot

9 From Russia with Love: A Contributing Country Perspective

Bertrand Nicquevert, Saïd Yami, Markus Nordberg, and Max Boisot

11 Leadership in the ATLAS Collaboration

Shantha Liyanage and Max Boisot

12 ATLAS and e-Science

Hans Hoffmann, Markus Nordberg, and Max Boisot

13 ATLAS and the Future of High-Energy Physics

Max Boisot and Markus Nordberg

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