As an academic leader, imagine trying to manage more than 7.000 scientists from eighty-five countries

Via Scoop.itDual impact of research; towards the impactelligent university

Imagine the goal is to recreate the conditions existing a billionth of a second after the big bang. And none of the experts on your team will get personal credit for changing our fundamental understanding of the universe. And, by the way, you don’t have control of anyone’s paycheck. It might seem like an impossible management situation. But that is exactly what is going on at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva, Switzerland.   The entire scientific community at CERN operates with an inherent and profound sense of trust. Trust in the process. Trust in their colleagues. Trust in the science. This trust emerges from a mutual “code of ethics” built on a culture of reciprocity. Because their community is close-knit and their most valuable currency is reputation, experimental physicists around the world know who contributes.  It’s like a crowd-sourced performance review.   Source: A Model for Collaboration By Krisztina Holly, NASA Ask Magazine, 2009 PDF is here:


About Wilfred Mijnhardt
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