Jochem Hummel, Hans Berends, and Philipp Tuertscher receive EGOS Max Boisot award

On 4 July 2018 Jochem Hummel, Hans Berends, and Philipp Tuertscher from the KIN Center of Digital Innovation (VU Amsterdam, School of Business and Economics, ILI department) have received the EGOS Max Boisot award, an award for outstanding and innovative research on topics related to organizing in Big Science organizations and in honor of Professor Max Boisot – an organization scholar and management visionary.

07/09/2018 | 10:48 AM

The award was presented to the authors by Ann Langley at the opening ceremony of the 2018 EGOS conference in Talinn, Estonia. They received the award for their paper called "What do we have in common? Collective action among heterogeneous actors in a meta-organization". In this study the authors report on a 7-year longitudinal study of the Helix Nebula initiative, a collaboration between 'Big Science' (CERN, EMBL, and ESA) and 'Big Business' (Atos, CloudSigma, T-Systems) who work together to develop a cloud computing infrastructure for science in Europe. The authors find that the development of the common technical and non-technical components of a digital infrastructure includes crystallizing options in emergent collaborative groups. Over time, options and groups split up and get back together. This reconfiguring happens either with general consent or in dissent, whereto development is alternating between serving the organizations' collective and individual interests. The authors show that the connectedness of technical and non-technical elements in digital infrastructures makes that developments serving the individual interests of organizations become part of making collective progress.

While the honour and publicity of gaining the prize is the most important consideration, the recipients also receive 250 euros award which Jochem, Hans, and Philipp will use for future research as they continue their study on the Helix Nebula initiative and Big science collaborations.