Quotation Türtscher, Philipp, Garud, Raghu, Nordberg, Markus. 2009. The Emergence of Architecture – Coordination across Boundaries at ATLAS, CERN. DRUID Summer Conference, Copenhagen, Dänemark, 17.06.-19.06..




The development of complex technological systems can be coordinated by pre-specifying system architecture. However, what are the origins of architecture? To address this question, we explore the development of ATLAS, a complex technological system that is being developed at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research. Our study suggests that the emergence of technological architecture is characterized by an ongoing process of negotiations across actors with different perspectives who have to justify and explain their design rationales to one another. Such a process results in what we call as ‘interlaced knowledge’ – partial overlapping of knowledge across actors in an overall knowledge network. Such interlaced knowledge generates a deeper systemic understanding of the requirements of the various components, making it possible for multiple groups to anticipate latent interdependencies and coordinate interdependent contributions even as the design emerges.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Paper presented at an academic conference or symposium
Language English
Title The Emergence of Architecture – Coordination across Boundaries at ATLAS, CERN
Event DRUID Summer Conference
Year 2009
Date 17.06.-19.06.
Country Denmark
Location Copenhagen


The Emergence of Architecture in Modular Systems: Coordination across Boundaries at ATLAS, CERN
Türtscher, Philipp (Former researcher)
Garud, Raghu (Pennsylvania State University, United States/USA)
Nordberg, Markus (CERN, Switzerland)
Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation IN (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5300 Economics (Details)
5324 Organizational research (Details)
5350 Innovation research (Details)
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