The conceptual organization: an emergent organizational form for collaborative R&D

Persistent Link:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/105537
Title:
The conceptual organization: an emergent organizational form for collaborative R&D
Author:
Sonnenwald, Diane H.
Citation:
The conceptual organization: an emergent organizational form for collaborative R&D 2003-08, 30(4):261-272 Science Public Policy
Publisher:
Beech Tree Publishing
Journal:
Science Public Policy
Issue Date:
Aug-2003
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/105537
Submitted date:
2006-08-11
Abstract:
Analysis of organizational documentation, sociometric survey and observation data from a two-year field study of an R&D organization suggests that a new type of research and development (R&D) organization, called the conceptual organization, is emerging. The conceptual organization relies on and facilitates collaboration in research and development; it is based on a long-term vision that addresses large complex and challenging problems of national and global importance. Its purpose is to work towards this vision, quickly and effectively contributing to relevant dynamic knowledge bases and meeting diverse stakeholder needs with minimum capitalization and start-up costs. To achieve this, it has an explicit conceptual organizational structure in addition to a physical structure, both of which are interwoven across other external organizational and physical structures. Conceptual organizations engage scientists through the appeal of their vision and socio-technical infrastructures that encourage and facilitate collaboration. Challenges for conceptual organizations may arise due to conflicts with traditional norms and practices embedded in university and R&D settings.
Type:
Journal Article (Paginated)
Language:
en
Keywords:
Library Science; Information Analysis; Information Architecture

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dc.contributor.authorSonnenwald, Diane H.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2006-08-11T00:00:01Z-
dc.date.available2010-06-18T23:27:04Z-
dc.date.issued2003-08en_US
dc.date.submitted2006-08-11en_US
dc.identifier.citationThe conceptual organization: an emergent organizational form for collaborative R&D 2003-08, 30(4):261-272 Science Public Policyen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10150/105537-
dc.description.abstractAnalysis of organizational documentation, sociometric survey and observation data from a two-year field study of an R&D organization suggests that a new type of research and development (R&D) organization, called the conceptual organization, is emerging. The conceptual organization relies on and facilitates collaboration in research and development; it is based on a long-term vision that addresses large complex and challenging problems of national and global importance. Its purpose is to work towards this vision, quickly and effectively contributing to relevant dynamic knowledge bases and meeting diverse stakeholder needs with minimum capitalization and start-up costs. To achieve this, it has an explicit conceptual organizational structure in addition to a physical structure, both of which are interwoven across other external organizational and physical structures. Conceptual organizations engage scientists through the appeal of their vision and socio-technical infrastructures that encourage and facilitate collaboration. Challenges for conceptual organizations may arise due to conflicts with traditional norms and practices embedded in university and R&D settings.en_US
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdfen_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherBeech Tree Publishingen_US
dc.subjectLibrary Scienceen_US
dc.subjectInformation Analysisen_US
dc.subjectInformation Architectureen_US
dc.titleThe conceptual organization: an emergent organizational form for collaborative R&Den_US
dc.typeJournal Article (Paginated)en_US
dc.identifier.journalScience Public Policyen_US
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