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Social capital in distributed system development: a case of grid development in particle physics

Zheng, Yingqin, Venters, Will and Cornford, Tony (2009) Social capital in distributed system development: a case of grid development in particle physics. In: 17th European Conference on Information Systems, 8-10 June 2009, Verona, Italy.

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Abstract

This paper examines dimensions of social capital in the distributed collaborative development of the UK particle physics Grid. It is shown that the GridPP project effectively draws upon social capital rooted in the tradition and culture of particle physics experiments, characterized with trust, equality, shared vision, collaboration, and pragmatism. These factors contribute to overcoming the challenges in the creation and sharing of knowledge in the development of the Grid, a cutting-edge technology that has to be delivered as a working system with limited time and resources. This case sheds lights on, and provides a good example of, the importance of social capital in distributed systems development.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Official URL: http://www.ecis2009.it/
Additional Information: © 2009 The Authors
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > ZA Information resources > ZA4050 Electronic information resources
Sets: Departments > Management
Research centres and groups > Information Systems and Innovation Group
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2012 09:19
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/47754/

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