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Collective agility, paradox and organizational improvisation: the development of a particle physics grid

Zheng, Yingqin, Venters, Will and Cornford, Tony (2011) Collective agility, paradox and organizational improvisation: the development of a particle physics grid. Information Systems Journal, 21 (4). pp. 303-333. ISSN 1350-1917

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Abstract

This paper examines systems development in a global collaborative community of high-energy physics and offers insights and implications for agile systems development in other large scale and distributed settings. The paper studies the ongoing construction of the UK's computing grid for particle physics (GridPP), a grid that is itself part of the world's largest grid, the Large Hadron Collider Computing Grid. We observe in this project a collective, agile and distributed performance through which the Grid is constructed. We express this through the concept of ‘collective agility’ which captures a large distributed performance rather than the more conventional sense of agility as small-group and deliberate systems development practices. The collective agility of GridPP is analysed as a process of ‘enacted emergence’ expressed through the dynamics of six improvisation paradoxes.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(IS...
Additional Information: © 2011 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Q Science > QC Physics
Sets: Research centres and groups > Information Systems and Innovation Group
Departments > Management
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 23 Nov 2010 10:01
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/30029/

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