Starjournal Quotation Türtscher, Philipp, Garud, Raghu, Kumaraswamy, Arun. 2014. Justification and Interlaced Knowledge at ATLAS, CERN. Organization Science 1-30.




We report on a longitudinal study of the emergence of the ATLAS detector, a complex technological system developed at CERN, Geneva. Our data show that the coordination of initial architectural choices was driven by cycles of contestation and justification that resulted in the creation of what we term interlaced knowledge - pockets of shared knowledge interwoven within and across subsystem communities at ATLAS. We also found that these justifications were possible because of the presence of a boundary infrastructure that served as a common substrate of knowledge for all ATLAS participants. Together, the boundary infrastructure and interlaced knowledge enabled participants to make co-oriented technological choices, address latent interdependencies, and minimize the incidence and severity of glitches when integrating the various subsystems.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Organization Science
Citation Index SSCI
WU Journalrating 2009 A+
Starjournal Y
Language English
Title Justification and Interlaced Knowledge at ATLAS, CERN
Year 2014
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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)
Kumaraswamy, Arun (Temple University, United States/USA)
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