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GCPH Seminar Series 7: Lecture 1 - Prof Max Boisot

18 Nov 2010, 4.30pm - 6pm

The Lighthouse, Glasgow, G1 3NU, United Kingdom


The City as a Complex Adaptive System: Lessons from the ATLAS Experiment at the LHC

The ATLAS Collaboration will conduct experiments at the very edge of science, using one of four detectors located on the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN. The Collaboration consists of over 3000 scientist working in over 174 research institutes and universities located in 38 countries around the globe. In such a complex and spatially extended network (what we would today call a complex adaptive system) how do the knowledge flows allow the creation of one of the most sophisticated technological objects ever built?  

Drawing on a conceptual framework, the Information-Space or I-Space, Max Boisot described and tried to make sense of the ATLAS collaboration’s culture. He explored the lessons that the management of globally distributed ‘big science’ projects such as the ATLAS collaboration hold for other complex adaptive systems such as cities.


About the speaker

Prof Max Boisot 

Max Boisot is Professor of Strategic Management at the ESADE business school in Barcelona, Associate Fellow at Templeton College, University of Oxford, and Senior Associate at the Judge Institute of Management Studies at the University of Cambridge. Much of his work centres around the I-Space framework, which is recognised as an influence in the development of the Cynefin framework.

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