The Emergence of Architecture – Coordination across Boundaries at ATLAS, CERN

  • Philipp Türtscher (Contributor)
  • Raghu Garud (Contributor)
  • Markus Nordberg (Contributor)

Activity: Talk or presentationScience to science


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.
Period7 Jun 20099 Jun 2009
Event title6th International Product Development Management Conference
Event typeUnkonwn
Degree of RecognitionInternational

Austrian Classification of Fields of Science and Technology (ÖFOS)

  • 506009 Organisation theory
  • 502014 Innovation research