"In case of fire, please use the elevator": simulation technology and organization in fire engineering

Mark Dodgson, David M. Gann, A. Salter

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Abstract

Interorganizational projects can provide a vehicle for innovation, despite the professional and organizational barriers that confront this form of organizing. The case of fire engineering shows how such projects use simulation technology as a boundary object to foster innovation in a new organizational field. Engineers use simulation technology to produce radical changes in fire control and management, such as using elevators to evacuate buildings during emergencies. A framework is developed that explores how decisions can be reached and tensions resolved amongst multiple, diverse, and discordant actors striving for a shared appreciation of negotiated futures. This framework extends theories of engineering knowledge and boundary objects. It sheds new light on how to organize collective, knowledge-based work to produce reliable and innovative designs.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)849-864
Number of pages16
JournalOrganization Science
Volume18
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2007

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