The Architecture of Collaboration in Transdisciplinary Research Teams

Type Research Project

Funding Bodies
  • US National Science Foundation

Duration July 1, 2007 - June 30, 2010

  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation IN (Details)


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  • Türtscher, Philipp (Former researcher)

Abstract (English)

Scientific research, so far, has been driven by star scientists working within epistemic communities. Transdisciplinarity (TD) has recently emerged as yet another vehicle for promoting scientific breakthroughs. TD science is based on the premise that scientific breakthroughs emerge through collaborative processes that integrate knowledge across disciplinary boundaries. However, this process is fraught with creative tensions as scientists from different “thought worlds” contribute in an asynchronous fashion to an ongoing initiative to obtain occasional breakthroughs. How such creative tension is managed can critically impact the outcomes of TD research. Despite the importance of TD science, there is only limited research on the processes that constitute such efforts. Our proposal seeks to develop a new explanatory model of the architecture of TD research in which we examine both its macro-structural and the micro-processual elements that enable translation across these disciplinary boundaries.



Paper presented at an academic conference or symposium

2012 Garud, Raghu, Gray, Barbara, Türtscher, Philipp. 2012. Harnessing Pluralism: Mechanisms for Building Robust Collaboration at ATLAS, CERN. International Association for Conflict Management, Stellenbosch, Südafrika, 11.07.-14.07.. (Details)
2010 Garud, Raghu, Gray, Barbara, Türtscher, Philipp. 2010. Robust Collaboration at ATLAS, CERN. 2010 Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Montreal, Kanada, 06.08.-10.08.. (Details)
  Türtscher, Philipp, Garud, Raghu, Gray, Barbara. 2010. Robust Inter-Institutional Collaboration at ATLAS CERN. Strategic Management Society 30th Annual International Conference, Rom, Italien, 12.09.-15.09.. (Details)
2009 Garud, Raghu, Gray, Barbara, Türtscher, Philipp. 2009. An Inquiry into an Epistemic Incident around Authorship Norms: ATLAS Collaboration at CERN. 25th EGOS Colloquium, Barcelona, Spanien, 02.07.-04.07.. (Details)